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, 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, 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, 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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“Inositol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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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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