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A generic term for fats and lipoids, the alcohol-ether-soluble constituents of protoplasm, which are insoluble in water. They comprise the fats, fatty oils, essential oils, waxes, phospholipids, glycolipids, sulfolipids, aminolipids, chromolipids (lipochromes), and fatty acids. (Grant and Hackh's Chemical Dictionary, 5th ed). The lipid family includes the following:

• Ceroid

• Fats

• Fatty Acids

• Fatty Alcohols

• Glycerides

• Glycolipids

• Lipid Peroxides

• Lipofuscin

• Lipopeptides

• Lipopolysaccharides

• Lipoproteins

• Membrane Lipids

• Oils

• Polyhydroxyalkanoates

• Waxes