Definitions for "High-density lipoproteins"
Often referred to as "the good cholesterol." Transports cholesterol from the arteries to the liver to be disposed of. High levels are associated with a reduced risk of heart disease.
carrier of cholesterol back to the liver; "good" cholesterol
Lipoproteins that contain a small amount of cholesterol and carry cholesterol away from body cells and tissues to the liver for excretion from the body. Low-level HDL increases the risk of heart disease, so the higher the HDL level, the better. The HDL component normally contains 20 to 30 percent of total cholesterol, and HDL levels are inversely correlated with coronary heart disease risk.