alpha-tocopherol

noun

al·​pha-to·​coph·​er·​ol ˈal-fə-tō-ˈkä-fə-ˌrȯl How to pronounce alpha-tocopherol (audio)
-ˌrōl
: the predominant form of vitamin E C29H50O2 that is essential to human nutrition
… the vitamin E sold as a dietary supplement contains primarily alpha-tocopherol.Janet Raloff

Note: Alpha-tocopherol is a potent antioxidant and the most biologically active form of vitamin E. Because alpha-tocopherol is the form of vitamin E most essential to biological functioning, it is often used synonymously with vitamin E.

Vitamin E—also called alpha-tocopherol—is a vitamin in search of a deficiency disease.S. Boyd Eaton

Examples of alpha-tocopherol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Based on these new findings, food sources of lycopene, zeaxanthin, lutein, and alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E) should have a place on your plate to support your brain health. Lauren Manaker Ms, Rdn, Health, 28 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alpha-tocopherol was in 1936

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Cite this Entry

“Alpha-tocopherol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alpha-tocopherol. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

alpha-tocopherol

noun
al·​pha-to·​coph·​er·​ol ˌal-fə-tō-ˈkäf-ə-ˌrȯl, -ˌrōl How to pronounce alpha-tocopherol (audio)
: the predominant form of vitamin E C29H50O2 that is essential to human nutrition
… the vitamin E sold as a dietary supplement contains primarily alpha-tocopherol.Janet Raloff

Note: Alpha-tocopherol is a potent antioxidant and the most biologically active form of vitamin E. Because alpha-tocopherol is the form of vitamin E most essential to biological functioning, it is often used synonymously with vitamin E.

Vitamin E—also called alpha-tocopherol—is a vitamin in search of a deficiency disease.S. Boyd Eaton
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