ino·​si·​tol | \ i-ˈnō-sə-ˌtȯl How to pronounce inositol (audio) , ī-ˈnō-, -ˌtōl \

Definition of inositol

: any of several crystalline stereoisomeric cyclic alcohols C6H12O6 especially : myoinositol

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Recent Examples on the Web Among the more than two dozen ingredients in the kangaroo formula: biotin, choline, inositol, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, zinc, iron, manganese, copper, iodine and selenium. Serena Solomon, New York Times, "Saving Koalas, and Other Marsupials, With Milk Almost as Good as Mom’s," 24 Feb. 2018 Sodium makes up the Stanford battery’s cathode, and the anode is made from phosphorus, with the addition of a compound called myo-inositol, which can be derived from rice bran or corn. Irina Slav, USA TODAY, "Sodium batteries: The new challenger to lithium-ion for use in electric vehicles," 17 Oct. 2017 The animals lack the gene for an enzyme called inositol hexakisphosphate kinase 1 (IP6K1), which is known to play a role in fat accumulation and insulin sensitivity. Emma Yasinski, Science | AAAS, "New therapy could protect diabetic bones," 5 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of inositol

1891, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inositol

International Scientific Vocabulary, from inosite inositol, from Greek in-, is sinew + International Scientific Vocabulary -ose entry 2 + -ite entry 1

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The first known use of inositol was in 1891

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“Inositol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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ino·​si·​tol | \ in-ˈō-sə-ˌtȯl How to pronounce inositol (audio) , ī-ˈnō- How to pronounce inositol (audio) , -ˌtōl \

Medical Definition of inositol

: any of several crystalline stereoisomeric cyclic alcohols C6H12O6 especially : myoinositol

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