[fos-foh-lip-id] /ˌfɒs foʊˈlɪp ɪd/

noun, Biochemistry.
any of a group of fatty compounds, as lecithin, composed of phosphoric esters, and occurring in living cells.
any of a group of compounds composed of fatty acids, phosphoric acid, and a nitrogenous base: important constituents of all membranes Also called phosphatide

phospholipid phos·pho·lip·id (fŏs’fō-lĭp’ĭd)
Any of various phosphorous-containing lipids that are composed mainly of fatty acids, a phosphate group, and a simple organic molecule. Also called phosphatide.
Any of various phosphorus-containing lipids, such as lecithin, that are composed mainly of fatty acids, a phosphate group, and a simple organic molecule such as glycerol. Phospholipids are the main lipids in cell membranes.


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