hecogenin

noun hec·o·gen·in \ˌhekōˈjenə̇n\

Definition of hecogenin

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of 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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