ceramide

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cer·a·mide

 (sîr′ə-mĭd′, sĕr′-)
n.
Any of a group of lipids that are formed by the linking of a fatty acid to sphingosine, are found in cell membranes, and help to regulate the differentiation, proliferation, and death of cells.

[cer(ebroside), any of various glycolipids containing sphingosine and found especially in brain and nerve tissue (cerebr(o)- + -ose + -ide) + amide.]
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ceramide

(ˈsɛrəˌmaɪd)
n
(Elements & Compounds) any of a class of biologically important compounds used as moisturizers in skin-care preparations
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