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glossary:adipose_cells

Also called Fat Cells, connective tissue cell specialized to synthesize and contain large globules of fat. The chief chemical constituents of this fat are the neutral glycerol esters of stearic, oleic, and palmitic acids.

Fats, in the form of triglycerides, accumulate in the fat cells found in and around the muscles of the animal. Fat deposits that surround the muscles are called adipose tissue, while fat that is deposited between the fibres of a muscle is called marbling.

Adipose, or fat, cells are connective tissue cells that are specialized for the synthesis and storage of reserve nutrients. They receive glucose and fatty acids from the blood and convert them to lipid, which accumulates in the body of the cell as a large oil droplet.

See also:

Adipose

Adipose Tissue

glossary/adipose_cells.txt · Last modified: 2012/10/16 14:40 (external edit)