Meaning of chylomicron in English:


Pronunciation /ˌkʌɪlə(ʊ)ˈmʌɪkrɒn/


  • A droplet of fat present in the blood or lymph after absorption from the small intestine.

    ‘They are transported in blood as chylomicrons.’
    • ‘A chylomicron contains lipid droplets surrounded by the more polar lipids and finally a layer of proteins.’
    • ‘Dietary cholesterol is transported from the small intestine to the liver within chylomicrons.’
    • ‘ApoB - 48 is synthesized in the intestine and is essential for the formation and secretion of chylomicrons.’


1920s from chylo- (combining form of chyle) + micron.