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any of a class of glycolipids, found in brain tissue and the medullary sheaths of nerves, that, upon hydrolysis, yield sphingosine, galactose or certain other sugars, and a fatty acid.
Historical Examples

(biochem) any glycolipid in which N-acyl sphingosine is combined with glucose or galactose: occurs in the myelin sheaths of nerves

cerebroside cer·e·bro·side (sěr’ə-brə-sīd’, sə-rē’-)
Any of various lipid compounds containing glucose or galactose and glucose, and found in the brain and other nerve tissue, especially the myelin sheath. Also called galactolipid, galactolipin.


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