very low-density lipoprotein
n. Abbr. VLDL
A lipoprotein containing a high proportion of lipids (chiefly triglycerides along with some cholesterol) and low proportion of protein that transports lipids from the liver to the tissues. Very low-density lipoproteins become low-density lipoproteins (LDL) as they lose triglycerides.
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