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lipid \lip"id\ n. [Gr. li`pos fat.] (Chem., Biochem.) Any of a variety of oily or greasy organic compounds found as major structural components of living cells; they are insoluble in water but soluble in organic solvents such as alcohol and ether, and include the common fats, cholesterol and other steroids, phospholipids, sphingolipids, waxes, and fatty acids; some of the lipids, together with proteins and carbohydrates, form an essential structural component of living cells, as in the cell walls and membranes. The term lipid refers to its solubility in nonpolar solvents, and has no significance with regard to chemical structure.

Syn: lipide, lipoid.


n. (plural of fat English)


Fats or FATS may refer to:

Persons with the nickname:

  • Fats Dantonio (1918–1993), American Major League Baseball catcher
  • Alex "Fats" Delvecchio (1931), Canadian hockey goaltender
  • Fats Domino (born 1928), American rock and roll singer and pianist
  • Fats Everett (1915–1969), American Congressman
  • Bob Fothergill (1897–1938), American Major League Baseball player
  • Fats Heard (1923–1987), American jazz drummer
  • Fats Jenkins (1898–1968), American Negro Leagues baseball and barnstorming basketball player
  • Frank Kalin (1917-1975), American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Fats Navarro (1923–1950), American jazz trumpeter
  • Fats Pichon (1906–1967), American jazz pianist and singer
  • Fats Sadi (1927–2009), Belgian jazz musician
  • Fats Waller (1904–1943), American jazz pianist


  • Fish acute toxicity syndrome, responses in fish resulting from a short-term, acute exposure to a lethal concentration of a toxicant
  • Foreign affiliate trade statistics, data detailing the economic operations of foreign direct investment-based enterprises

Usage examples of "fats".

There are some very preliminary studies questioning whether polyunsaturated fats might be linked to the onset of certain cancers.

We must commit to exercise because inactive lifestyles contribute to weight gain, elevated blood fats, cardiovascular disease, cancer, reduced blood sugar regulation, and increased depression, memory loss, cognitive dysfunction, fatigue, and a host of other emotional and physical problems.

Eats many dairy products that are high in saturated fats, man-made hormones, and antibiotics.

You may not realize that protein is available in foods low in saturated fats, such as fish, nuts, legumes, soy products, and vegetables.

Studies show that the heart benefits of these omega-3 fats extend beyond the effect on cholesterol to possibly reducing the tendency to form blood clots, resulting in protection against heart attacks.

Peanuts are high in monounsaturated fats and also contain resveratrol, the same antioxidant found in grapes and wine.

Yet the salmon has 23 grams of protein and is filled with omega-3 fats for your skin.

These fats are then dumped into the bloodstream where they cause tissue damage, compromise immunity, and are stored in fat cells.

The Definition Diet, outlined in TLC 3, combines the right balance of carbs, protein, and good fats to give your body a hormone-friendly environment.

In the body, free radicals can damage the proteins and fats that make up the cell membranes and the DNA in cells.

It contains almost no fats or sugars and lots of protein and complex carbohydrates because it is made from three elemental ingredients: flour, water, and salt.

French take in about as many calories as we do in the United States, but they consume more cholesterol and saturated fats because they eat four times as much butter as we and more than twice as much cheese and lard.

Considering the smear campaign against dietary fats being waged by the surgeon general and his ilk, mashed potatoes are a godsend.

The excess insulin has a disastrous effect on our waistlines: it causes our fat cells to store extra calories, whether from proteins, fats, or carbohydrates, in the form of body fat.

I cross the Oakland Bay Bridge and approach my motel in Berkeley with a quickening appetite for an ample feast of proteins, fats, and green vegetables.