hec·​o·​gen·​in | \ ˌhekōˈjenə̇n \

Definition of hecogenin

: a crystalline steroid sapogenin C27H42O4 obtained from a desert herb (Hechtia texensis) and many agaves and used in a synthesis of cortisone

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History and Etymology for hecogenin

heconin saponin found in the juice of agaves (from hec- —from New Latin Hectia, genus name of Hectia texensis—+ -onin —as in saponin) + -genin

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“Hecogenin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hecogenin. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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