cholesterol etymology

English word cholesterol comes from French cholestérol

Detailed word origin of cholesterol

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
cholestérol French (fra) Cholesterol (an essential component of mammalian cell membranes).
cholesterol English (eng) (biochemistry) A sterol lipid synthesized by the liver and transported in the bloodstream to the membranes of all animal cells; it plays a central role in many biochemical processes and, as a lipoprotein that coats the walls of blood vessels, is associated with cardiovascular disease.

Words with the same origin as cholesterol

Descendants of cholestérol
anticholesterol bromocholesterol chlorocholesterol cholesterolemia cholesterolosis dehydrocholesterol epoxycholesterol hydroxycholesterol iodocholesterol ketocholesterol noncholesterol oxocholesterol