white fat


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to white fat: brown fat, White adipose tissue, yellow fat

ad·i·pose tis·sue

a form of connective tissue consisting chiefly of fat cells surrounded by reticular fibers and arranged in lobular groups or along the course of one of the smaller blood vessels.
Synonym(s): fat (1) , fatty tissue (1) , white fat (1)

white fat

n.
One of two types of fatty tissue in mammals, composed of white, lipid-filled cells that provide insulation and mechanical cushioning and store triglycerides that are converted into energy for body metabolism.

white fat

(1) Adipose tissue, see there.  
(2) Unilocular fat.
References in periodicals archive ?
Blocking the action of the fat cell brake provides an innovative 'fat'-specific mechanism to increase cell metabolism and reduce the size of white fat deposits, thereby treating a root cause of obesity and related metabolic diseases," explained senior study author Harshini Neelakantan.
The study calls it a "painless and bloodless drug delivery" to the white fat tissue underneath the skin.
For many years our focus has been on learning to convert white fat into beige fat, said Kajimura, who holds joint appointments in UCSFs Diabetes Center and at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research.
Surprisingly, mRNA sequencing of white fat tissue samples revealed a clear distinction between never-obese participants and both groups of obese individuals.
The origin of the beige adipocyte is complex; some beige adipocytes arise in epididymal white fat from precursors that express platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha PDGFRa, cD34, and spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 (SCA1) proteins [29-34].
The low melting point of white fat allows deer to mobilize stored energy very quickly.
More importantly, now that thermogenic fat cells from human fat biopsies can be separated and enriched, primary cultures of these cells along with white fat control cells from the same individual will help us uncover much-awaited information on human thermogenic fat cell regulation and function.
Normally when we eat something, we store it in white fat," explained co-author Lily Dong.
If we manage to find ways to make stem cells develop into brown rather than white fat cells, it may be possible to reduce the development of obesity.
This is the first known study to show that prenatal exposure to low, environmentally relevant concentrations of an obesogen led to transgenerational effects on white fat volume, altered stem cell programming, and liver fat accumulation in multiple generations of mice.
Brown adipose tissue produces lots of heat by burning calories so, unlike white fat which clings to our hips and expands our ageing waistlines, brown fat keeps the weight off.
In the simplest of terms, the difference is brown fat burns energy, while white fat stockpiles it.