glycoalkaloid

noun gly·co·al·ka·loid \ ˌglī-kō-ˈal-kə-ˌlȯid \

Definition of glycoalkaloid

: a bitter compound (such as solanine) occurring in various plants and consisting of a glycoside of an alkaloid

First Known Use of glycoalkaloid

1949


Medical Dictionary

glycoalkaloid

noun gly·co·al·ka·loid \ ˌglī-kō-ˈal-kə-ˌlȯid \

medical Definition of glycoalkaloid

: a bitter compound (as solanine) occurring in various plants and consisting of a glycoside of an alkaloid
  • Glycoalkaloids, thought to be primarily defensive compounds, act as toxins by binding to and disrupting the cell membranes of the animals that eat them.
  • —Carol Kaesuk YoonThe New York Times8 Apr. 1997

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