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Lipids containing one or more phosphate groups, particularly those derived from either glycerol (phosphoglycerides see GLYCEROPHOSPHOLIPIDS) or sphingosine (SPHINGOLIPIDS). They are polar lipids that are of great importance for the structure and function of cell membranes and are the most abundant of membrane lipids, although not stored in large amounts in the system.

Year introduced: /metabolism was PHOSPHOLIPID METABOLISM 1965

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Tree Number(s): D10.570.755

MeSH Unique ID: D010743

Entry Terms:

  • Phosphatides
  • Phospholipid

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