glycoalkaloid

noun
gly·​co·​al·​ka·​loid | \ ˌglī-kō-ˈal-kə-ˌlȯid How to pronounce glycoalkaloid (audio) \

Definition of glycoalkaloid

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

Examples of glycoalkaloid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Natural or artificial light prompts the creation of defensive toxins called glycoalkaloids that can cause digestive distress, headaches and neurological issues if consumed in significant volumes. Washington Post, "Sprouting onions and scarred tomatoes: How to tell whether fading produce is still safe to eat," 25 July 2019 Potato sprouts also pack higher levels of glycoalkaloids. Washington Post, "Sprouting onions and scarred tomatoes: How to tell whether fading produce is still safe to eat," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of glycoalkaloid

1949, in the meaning defined above

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“Glycoalkaloid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glycoalkaloid. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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glycoalkaloid

noun
gly·​co·​al·​ka·​loid | \ ˌglī-kō-ˈal-kə-ˌlȯid How to pronounce glycoalkaloid (audio) \

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 Yoon, The New York Times, 8 Apr. 1997

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