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Manteca (pronunciation: man-teh-ka) is a term with origins in the Spanish language, where it translates to "lard" or "fat". In a medical context, it is often used in Latin American countries to refer to body fat or adipose tissue.


The term "Manteca" is derived from the Spanish word of the same spelling, which means "lard" or "fat". It is believed to have originated from the Latin word "mantica", which means "a bag" or "a sack", possibly referring to the bag-like appearance of fat deposits in the body.

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  • Adipose Tissue: This is a specialized type of connective tissue that stores energy in the form of fat. It is also responsible for insulating the body and providing cushioning for organs.
  • Body Fat: This refers to the total amount of fat in a person's body. It can be measured using various methods, including body mass index (BMI), skinfold thickness measurements, and bioelectrical impedance.
  • Lipid: This is a type of organic compound that is insoluble in water but soluble in nonpolar organic solvents. Lipids include fats, waxes, sterols, fat-soluble vitamins (such as vitamins A, D, E, and K), monoglycerides, diglycerides, triglycerides, and phospholipids.
  • Obesity: This is a medical condition characterized by an excess of body fat. Obesity is typically determined by calculating a person's body mass index (BMI). A BMI of 30 or above is considered obese.

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