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Chylomicrons

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Updated June 26, 2011

Definition:

Chylomicrons are microscopic particles made up primarily of fat and a small amount of protein. Chylomicrons are made by cells in the small intestine and released into the bloodstream. Their main purpose is to carry triglycerides and other fats to the liver and other tissues in the body.

Out of all of the lipoproteins, chylomicrons are the least dense, meaning that they contain more fat and less protein.

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