agly·​cone a-ˈglī-ˌkōn How to pronounce aglycone (audio)
variants or less commonly aglycon
: an organic compound (such as a phenol or alcohol) combined with the sugar portion of a glycoside

Examples of aglycone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Naringin and its aglycone naringenin belong to this series of flavonoids and were found to display strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities. Ashton Yoon, Discover Magazine, 27 Mar. 2017 While naringin itself provides no nutritional value, its aglycone Naringenin variant and supplements are associated with a variety of potential health benefits. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 17 Oct. 2022

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Word History


borrowed from German Aglykon, re-formation of Aglukon, Aglucon, an earlier name (from a- a- entry 2 + gluk-, gluc- gluc- + -on -on entry 1, -one) with substitution of glyk- glyc-

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aglycone was in 1908

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Cite this Entry

“Aglycone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


agly·​cone -ˈlī-ˌkōn How to pronounce aglycone (audio)
variants also aglycon
: an organic compound (as a phenol or alcohol) combined with the sugar portion of a glycoside

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