One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or resembling fat.
- ‘But a potential problem from inhaling fat-based substances, such as petroleum jelly or mineral oil, for prolonged periods is lipoid pneumonia.’
- ‘The liver cells contain vacuoles, lipoid granules and hyaline droplets.’
- ‘Carotenoids are taken up from blood circulation by rhamphothecal keratinocytes in the bill, accumulated in lipoid droplets, and distributed diffusely through the horny, keratinized beak tissue.’
- ‘Although it is virtually impossible to definitively see fat within a nodule on plain film, it stands out readily by CT and is virtually diagnostic of a benign process, such as hamartoma or lipoid pneumonia.’
- ‘It was only after 1929 that scientists could assess the identity of sex hormones with chemical methods, thanks to developments in organic chemistry in the area of steroid and lipoid compounds.’
Late 19th century: from Greek lipos ‘fat’ + -oid.
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