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pregnenolone

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noun preg·nen·o·lone \preg-ˈne-nə-ˌlōn\

Definition of pregnenolone

  1. :  an unsaturated hydroxy steroid ketone C21H32O2 that is formed by the oxidation of steroids (as cholesterol) and yields progesterone on dehydrogenation



Origin of pregnenolone

International Scientific Vocabulary pregnene (C21H34) + 1-ol + -one


First Known Use: 1936


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pregnenolone

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noun preg·nen·o·lone \preg-ˈnen-əl-ˌōn\

Medical Definition of pregnenolone

  1. :  an unsaturated hydroxy steroid ketone C21H32O2 that is formed by the oxidation of steroids (as cholesterol) and yields progesterone on dehydrogenation




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