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high-density lipoprotein (HDL)
Etymology: ME, heigh, high; L, densus, thick; Gk, lipos, fat, proteios, first rank
a plasma protein made mainly in the liver and containing about 50% lipoprotein (apoprotein) along with cholesterol, triglycerides, and phospholipid. It is involved in transporting cholesterol and other lipids to the liver to be disposed. Higher levels of high-density lipoprotein are associated with decreased cardiac risk profiles. See also low-density lipoprotein, very low-density lipoprotein.
high-den·si·ty lip·o·pro·tein(HDL) (hī-den'si-tē lipō-prōtēn)
Complex containing lipids and protein that carries cholesterol to the liver so that it may be excreted in bile.
High-density lipoprotein (HDL)
A type of lipoprotein that protects against coronary artery disease by removing cholesterol deposits from arteries or preventing their formation.
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