The term lipids covers a heterogeneous group of substances that can be extracted from tissues by nonpolar solvents. The main lipid classes are: (1) fatty acids; (2) neutral fat (triglycerides or tri-acylglycerols); (3) phospholipids (phosphatides), including: (a) derivatives of glycerol-3-phosphate and (b) derivatives of sphingosine or related compounds; (4) glycolipids, including derivatives of glycerol; (5) aliphatic alcohols and waxes, (6) ter-penes; and (7) steroids. Only some of these lipids will be discussed in this chapter; those that do not occur in mammals and those about which too little is known during development will be omitted. The steroids, excepting cholesterol, are dealt with in Chapter 37.


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  • Peter Hahn
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  1. 1.Centre for Developmental Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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