Biomolecule generated via convalent bonding between glycerol and three fatty acids.

Triglycerides are a kind of lipid and phospholipids are triglyceride derivatives. Other names for triglycerides are , fats, , and oils.

These compounds serve as key energy storage molecules such as by animals but also as found in plant seeds.


The digestion of triglycerides is mediated by enzymes called which primarily break down the fats to free fatty acids and . This is sufficient to achieve by the . Once in the body, triglycerides are then either reassembled from these components or instead broken into smaller molecules via the action of additional enzymes.