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Last updated Feb 25, 2023

Lipids are a diverse group of organic molecules present in the cell. They are always (or mostly) non-polar and hydrophobic, which is one of their key characteristics. In some cases, they are amphipathic (partly polar) as well. 1

They are important structural components of cell membranes and serve as a source of energy storage in the body. Lipids have a wide range of functions in the body, including energy storage, insulation, cushioning of organs, and regulation of cell membrane fluidity.

This image is of trans-oleic acid: CCCCCCCCC=CCCCCCCCC(=O)O

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