glycolipid

glycolipid
/gluy'keuh lip"id/, n. Biochem.
any of a class of lipids, comprising the cerebrosides and gangliosides, that upon hydrolysis yield galactose or a similar sugar, a fatty acid, and sphingosine or dihydrosphingosine.
[1935-40; GLYCO- + LIPID]

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      any member of a group of fat-soluble substances particularly abundant in tissues of the nervous system of animals. They are members of the class of sphingolipids (q.v.), but differ from the simpler members of that class in that their molecules contain a monosaccharide or disaccharide moiety.

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Universalium. 2010.


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