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Steroids with 8 to 10 carbon atoms in the side chain and an alcohol hydroxyl group at C-3 are classified as sterols. Much of the plasma cholesterol is in the esterified form (with a fatty acid attached at carbon 3), which makes the structure even more hydrophobic.
Cholesterol is the most abundant sterol in humans and performs a number of essential functions. For example-
Cholesterol is derived from
High cholesterol concentration is found in-
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