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A droplet of fat present in the blood or lymph after absorption from the small intestine.
- ‘They are transported in blood as chylomicrons.’
- ‘A chylomicron contains lipid droplets surrounded by the more polar lipids and finally a layer of proteins.’
- ‘Dietary cholesterol is transported from the small intestine to the liver within chylomicrons.’
- ‘ApoB - 48 is synthesized in the intestine and is essential for the formation and secretion of chylomicrons.’
1920s: from chylo- (combining form of chyle) + micron.
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