triacylglycerolmedical dictionary

Glycero l esterified at each of its three hydroxyl groups by a fatty (aliphatic) acid; e.g., tristearoylglycerol.

Synonyms: fat, triglyceride.

Triacylglycerol lipase, the fat-splitting enzyme in pancreatic juice; it hydrolyzes triacylglycerol to produce a diacylglycerol and a fatty acid anion; a deficiency of the hepatic enzyme results in hypercholesterolaemia and hypertriglyceridemia.

Synonyms: steapsin, tributyrase, tributyrinase.

(05 Mar 2000)