cephalin [sef′ə lin]
[ CEPHAL(O)- + -IN1 (modeled on earlier Ger kephalin)]
a phospholipid, similar to lecithin, found esp. in brain and nerve tissue

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  • cephalin — ceph a*lin (k[e^]f [.a]*l[i^]n), n. [Gr. kefalh the head; it was supposed by Thudichum to exist in brain tissue.] (Physiol. Chem.) One of a group of phospholipids (nitrogenous phosphorized fatty substances), present in all living cells and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cephalin — noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: circa 1899 phosphatidylethanolamine …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cephalin — /sef euh lin/, n. Biochem. any of several phosphatides occurring in animal tissue, esp. of the brain, and having marked blood clotting properties. [1895 1900; CEPHAL + IN2] * * * …   Universalium

  • cephalin — noun a phospholipid found particularly in the cells of nervous tissue; it is also the primary phospholipid in bacteria Syn: phosphatidylethanolamine …   Wiktionary

  • cephalin — A term formerly applied to a group of phosphatidic esters resembling lecithin but containing either 2 ethanolamine or l serine in the place of choline; these are now known as phosphatidylethanolamine and phosphatidylserine. They are widely… …   Medical dictionary

  • cephalin — ceph·a·lin …   English syllables

  • cephalin — n. one of a group of phospholipids that are constituents of cell membranes and are particularly abundant in the brain …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • cephalin — ceph•a•lin [[t]ˈsɛf ə lɪn[/t]] n. biochem. a phospholipid of the cell membrane, abundant esp. in the brain • Etymology: 1895–1900 …   From formal English to slang

  • cephalin — /ˈkɛfələn/ (say kefuhluhn), /ˈsɛf / (say sef ) noun a phosphatide, phosphatidyl ethanolamine, occurring mainly in the brain. Also, kephalin. {cephal + in2} …   Australian English dictionary

  • cephalin — I. ˈsefələ̇n noun ( s) Etymology: New Latin Cephalina : a gregarine trophozoite complete with epimerite and usually attached to the cells of the host compare sporadin II. noun ( …   Useful english dictionary