glycolipid [glahy-kuh-lip-id] Word Origin noun Biochemistry.

  1. any of a class of lipids, comprising the cerebrosides and gangliosides, that upon hydrolysis yield galactose or a similar sugar, a fatty acid, and sphingosine or dihydrosphingosine.

Origin of glycolipid First recorded in 1935–40; glyco- + lipid British Dictionary definitions for glycolipid glycolipid noun

  1. any of a group of lipids containing a carbohydrate group, commonly glucose or galactose

glycolipid in Medicine glycolipid [glī′kə-lĭp′ĭd] n.

  1. A lipid, such as a cerebroside, that contains carbohydrate groups.

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