AskDefine | Define lipoid

Dictionary Definition

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]

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English

Etymology

Formed from Greek λίπος ‘fat’.

Pronunciation

IPA: /'lɪpɔɪd/

Adjective

lipoid
  1. 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
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