an unsaturated hydrocarbon, CH, found in shark livers, etc. that is a precursor of cholesterol in biosynthesis
Origin of squalene; from Modern Latin Squalus, a genus of sharks (; from L, a kind of sea-fish: see whale) + -ene
A colorless unsaturated aliphatic hydrocarbon, C30H50, found in human sebum and in the liver oil of sharks, that is an intermediate in the biosynthesis of cholesterol and is used in biochemical research.
Origin of squaleneNew Latin Squalus, shark genus (from its occurrence in the liver oil of sharks) (from Latin squalus, a sea fish) + –ene.