Lipids, also known as fats and oils, are organic compounds soluble in organic solvents
(any liquid containing carbon), but not in water, aqueous acids or aqueous bases. A
lipid is composed of three ester linkages of glycerol; hence triglyceride ("tri-"
meaning three, and "-glyceride" meaning glycerol) is the name given to lipids. Animals
and plants store lipids as an energy source. An important lipid is the phospholipid,
which makes up the membrane of a cell.
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