alpha-tocopherol

noun
al·pha-to·coph·er·ol | \-tō-ˈkä-fə-ˌrȯl, -ˌrōl\

Definition of alpha-tocopherol 

: 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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1936, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of alpha-tocopherol was in 1936

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alpha-tocopherol

noun
al·pha-to·coph·er·ol | \ˌal-fə-tō-ˈkäf-ə-ˌrȯl, -ˌrōl \

Medical Definition of alpha-tocopherol 

: a tocopherol C29H50O2 with high vitamin E potency

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