Lipid vs limpid

A lipid is a fatty acid, many natural fats, oils and waxes are lipids. Lipids are organic compounds that are soluble in organic solvents but not soluble in water. The word lipid comes from the French word lipide which was coined from the Greek word lipos which means fat or grease.

Limpid means clear, uncloudy, peaceful. Limpid is an adjective, derivatives are limpidity, limpidly, limpidness. Limpid comes from the French word limpide, derived  from the Latin word limpidus meaning clear.


But when an international team of researchers examined lipids extracted from 143 ceramic vessels from Torihama, a site in western Japan, they found that the pots were routinely used for cooking marine and freshwater animals over a 9,000-year period. (Archaeology Magazine)

Harmless plaques in blood vessels are made up of connective tissues and smooth muscle, while dangerous plaque is made up of lipids and macrophages. (UPI)

The cell membranes and the protective barrier around skin cells need fatty acids (found in lipids) to prevent water from evaporating from the skin or moving out of the cell. (The Miami Herald)

In one well-studied example, the bacteria called Campylobacter jejuni, a common cause of food poisoning, carries a lipid molecule on its outer coat that resembles so-called gangliosides, molecules that help human nerve cells recognize and communicate with each other. (Science Magazine)

If Dudamel seemed to let his fine players do their thing with minimal intervention in Andrew Norman’s jokey Play: Level 1, he took up the reins very firmly to lead them into the limpid waters of the final work in his programme, Copland’s Appalachian Spring. (The Independent)

Mr. Angélil, himself a Canadian pop singer in the 1960s, was sent a demo tape of a willowy 12-year-old with a limpid voice in 1981. (The Globe and Mail)

Within Duncan Smith’s limpid language there’s an explosive subtext: it struck at the heart of Cameron’s promise, when he first took power in 2010, to spread the pain of deficit cutting fairly across the population. (Fortune Magazine)

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