genistein

noun
ge·​nis·​tein | \ jə-ˈni-stē-ən How to pronounce genistein (audio) , -ˈni-ˌstēn How to pronounce genistein (audio) \

Definition of genistein

: an isoflavone C15H10O5 found especially in soybeans and shown in laboratory experiments to have antitumor activity

Examples of genistein in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Soybeans are high in fiber, as well as compounds called isoflavones, which include daidzein and genistein. Maggie Fox, NBC News, "Soy Might Be Good For Your Heart but It’s Not Definite, FDA Says," 30 Oct. 2017 The idea that plant hormones—such as genistein, the primary phytoestrogen in soy—can interfere with mammalian development is not new. Deborah Blum, Slate Magazine, "Are We Experimenting on Our Children With Soy Formula?," 3 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of genistein

1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for genistein

genist- (from New Latin Genista tinctoria, a species of broom) + -ein, alteration of -in entry 1

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“Genistein.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/genistein. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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genistein

noun
ge·​nis·​tein | \ jə-ˈnis-tē-ən How to pronounce genistein (audio) , -ˈnis-ˌtēn How to pronounce genistein (audio) \

Medical Definition of genistein

: an isoflavone C15H10O5 found especially in soybeans and shown in laboratory experiments to have antitumor activity

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