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High Density Lipoproteins


Updated September 26, 2008

Definition: High density lipoproteins, also known as HDL, are molecules consisting of cholesterol and protein that carry cholesterol back from tissues or organs to the liver, where cholesterol will be degraded or recycled.

HDL is also known as the "good cholesterol", because it removes excess cholesterol from circulation.

Also Known As: HDL, good cholesterol
Common Misspellings: high density lipoprotien

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