squalene

Definitions:

  • A colorless unsaturated aliphatic hydrocarbon, C<sub>30</sub>H<sub>50</sub>, found in human sebum and in the liver oil of sharks, that is an intermediate in the biosynthesis of cholesterol and is used in biochemical research.
  • A <xref>triterpene</xref> <xref>hydrocarbon</xref> found in <xref>shark</xref> <xref>liver</xref> <xref>oil</xref> and in <xref>human</xref> <xref>sebum</xref>; it plays a role in the <xref>biosynthesis</xref> of <xref>steroids</xref>.
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