Meaning of sphingosine

sphin•go•sine

Pronunciation: (sfing'gu-sēn", -sin), [key]
— n. Biochem.
  1. a basic unsaturated amino alcohol, CH(OH)NH, produced by the hydrolysis of sphingomyelin or gangliosides.
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