Definition of sphingolipid in English:

sphingolipid

noun

Biochemistry
  • Any of a class of compounds which are fatty acid derivatives of sphingosine and occur chiefly in the cell membranes of the brain and nervous tissue.

    • ‘Previous studies of this phenomenon have focused mainly on systems combining cholesterol with PC and sphingolipids.’
    • ‘In biological membranes, sphingolipids are essentially localized on the outer leaflet of the plasma membrane.’
    • ‘We have modeled sphingomyelin, the most common sphingolipid in mammalian cells, by means of molecular dynamics simulations.’
    • ‘The most important sphingolipids are sphingomyelins.’
    • ‘Sphingomyelins are the only sphingolipid that are phospholipids.’

Pronunciation

sphingolipid

/ˌsfiNGɡōˈlipid/