Why is it called “lipofuscin”?

I really like learning about the etymology of medical terms – it makes them so much easier to remember. Sometimes in class I’ll stop and tell you guys what a certain word root means, so that when you see it somewhere else, you’ll have some idea of what’s going on.

Here’s a post I wrote on lipofuscin. I wrote it in February (my least favorite month of the year), so there’s some excessive misery and complaining at the beginning. But if you can skip over that bit, you’ll see why the Latin fuscus is so perfect for this pigment we call lipofuscin!

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