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LDL (low-density lipoprotein)
lipoprotein that carries cholesterol in the blood
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Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is one of the five major groups of lipoproteins, which in order of size, largest to smallest, are chylomicrons, VLDL, IDL, LDL, and HDL, that enable transport of multiple different fat molecules, including cholesterol, within the water around cells and within the water-based bloodstream. Studies have shown that higher levels of type-B LDL particles (as opposed to type-A LDL particles) promote health problems and cardiovascular disease, they are often informally called the bad cholesterol particles, (as opposed to HDL particles, which are frequently referred to as good cholesterol or healthy cholesterol particles).
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1. a lipoprotein that transports cholesterol in the blood; composed of moderate amount of protein and a large amount of cholesterol; high levels are thought to be associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease and atherosclerosis
(synonym) low-density lipoprotein, beta-lipoprotein
(substance-meronym) LDL cholesterol
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Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.
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Low-density lipoproteins (LDL)
Plasma lipoproteins containing high concentrations of lipids (which are low in density compared to that of water), including cholesterol. Increased concentrations are a risk factor for coronary heart disease.
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