glycoalkaloid

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

Definition of glycoalkaloid

  1. :  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

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

Medical Definition of glycoalkaloid

  1. :  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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