White fat

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Definition

noun

Type of adipose tissue found in mammals used to store energy and acts as thermal insulator that help maintain body temperature. Its cells have receptors for insulin, growth hormones, norepinephrine and glucocorticoids.


Supplement

In humans, white fat is about 20% of the body weight in men and 25% of the body weight in women.


Also called: white adipose tissue or WAT

Compare: brown fat