One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or resembling fat.
- ‘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.’
- ‘The liver cells contain vacuoles, lipoid granules and hyaline droplets.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘But a potential problem from inhaling fat-based substances, such as petroleum jelly or mineral oil, for prolonged periods is lipoid pneumonia.’
- ‘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.’
Late 19th century: from Greek lipos ‘fat’ + -oid.
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