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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms



ceramide  listen  (SAYR-uh-mide)

  A type of lipid (fat) found in the membranes of cells and the covers of nerves. Some ceramides are important in signal transduction (the process by which a cell responds to substances in its environment) and may cause some types of cells to die. Ceramides are being studied in the treatment of cancer.