any of several phosphatides occurring in animal tissue, especially of the brain, and having marked blood-clotting properties.
Historical Examples

a phospholipid, similar to lecithin, that occurs in the nerve tissue and brain Systematic name phosphatidylethanolamine

cephalin ceph·a·lin (sěf’ə-lĭn) or keph·a·lin (kěf’-)
Any of a group of phospholipids having hemostatic properties and found especially in the nervous tissue of the brain and spinal cord.


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