Definitions for "High-density lipoprotein"
The "good" cholesterol that scavenges lipids (fats) throughout the circulatory system and transports them to the liver for breakdown and elimination.
Lipid-protein aggregate having low proportion of lipid that promotes removal of cholesterol from cells.
HDL cholesterol is known as "good" cholesterol. HDL cholesterol does not form fatty deposits in arteries. Rather, it seems to carry cholesterol away from the arteries and back to the liver, where it is destroyed or recycled. A low HDL cholesterol level has been shown to be associated with a greater risk of heart disease, even if you have a desirable total cholesterol level.