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Cholesterol is the most abundant sterol in animal tissues and occurs in egg yolk, various oils, fats, nerve tissue of the brain and spinal cord. Cholesterol can be synthesized in the liver and is a normal constituent of bile.

It is important in formation and maintenance of myolin and also functions in metabolism, serving as a precursor of vitamin D and various steroid hormones such as sex hormones and adrenal corticoid hormones.

At elevated levels in the blood cholesterol is a primary risk factor in cardiovascular disease.

Thomas, C.L. 1985. Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary. F.A. Davis Co. Pub., Philadelphia. 2170.


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