lipoid n : an oily organic compound insoluble in water but soluble in organic solvents; essential structural component of living cells (along with proteins and carbohydrates) [syn: lipid, lipide]
EtymologyFormed from Greek λίπος ‘fat’.
- pertaining to fat
- 1984: She advertised the lipoid virtues of what he had heard called junkfood, presumably food for junkies, whom, living in Tangiers, he knew all about. — Anthony Burgess, Enderby's Dark Lady