an unsaturated hydrocarbon, CH, found in shark livers, etc. that is a precursor of cholesterol in biosynthesis
Origin of squalenefrom Modern Latin Squalus, a genus of sharks ( from L, a kind of sea-fish: see whale) + -ene
An unsaturated aliphatic hydrocarbon, C30H50, that is the biosynthetic acyclic precursor to tetracyclic steroids such as cholesterol. It is widely found in animals, plants, and fungi and is present in high concentrations in shark liver oil and human sebum.
Origin of squaleneNew Latin Squalus shark genus (from its occurrence in the liver oil of sharks) ( from Latin squalus a sea fish ) -ene