isoflavone

noun
iso·​fla·​vone | \ ˌī-sō-ˈflā-ˌvōn How to pronounce isoflavone (audio) \

Definition of isoflavone

: a colorless, crystalline, bioactive ketone C15H10O2 also : any of various usually hydroxyl derivatives of isoflavone (such as genistein and daidzein) that are plant compounds possessing antioxidant and estrogenic activity in the body

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Recent Examples on the Web Then there are the studies that have looked into whether isoflavones can feminize men and infants and interfere with fertility and development. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Plant-based burgers will make men grow boobs, Livestock News reports," 27 Dec. 2019 Some researchers and parents have been concerned about how estrogen-mimicking compounds in soy, called isoflavones, might affect young children. Alice Callahan, New York Times, "A Guide to the Universe of Milks," 16 Apr. 2020 That would provide around eight times the intake of isoflavones that have been recorded in older men in Japan and Shanghai who eat soy-heavy diets. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Plant-based burgers will make men grow boobs, Livestock News reports," 27 Dec. 2019 Soy contains estrogen-like compounds called isoflavones that some findings say can promote the growth of some cancer cells, impair female fertility and mess with men’s hormones. BostonGlobe.com, "Plant-based meat burst onto the international stage this year, with a dramatic IPO from Beyond Meat and the Impossible Burger making its way into 17,000 restaurants in the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore and Macao, and retail outlets such as Wegmans, Gelson’s and Fairway Market.," 24 Oct. 2019 Soy contains estrogen-like compounds called isoflavones that some findings say can promote the growth of some cancer cells, impair female fertility and mess with men’s hormones. BostonGlobe.com, "Plant-based meat burst onto the international stage this year, with a dramatic IPO from Beyond Meat and the Impossible Burger making its way into 17,000 restaurants in the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore and Macao, and retail outlets such as Wegmans, Gelson’s and Fairway Market.," 24 Oct. 2019 Soy contains estrogen-like compounds called isoflavones that some findings say can promote the growth of some cancer cells, impair female fertility and mess with men’s hormones. BostonGlobe.com, "Plant-based meat burst onto the international stage this year, with a dramatic IPO from Beyond Meat and the Impossible Burger making its way into 17,000 restaurants in the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore and Macao, and retail outlets such as Wegmans, Gelson’s and Fairway Market.," 24 Oct. 2019 Soy contains estrogen-like compounds called isoflavones that some findings say can promote the growth of some cancer cells, impair female fertility and mess with men’s hormones. BostonGlobe.com, "Plant-based meat burst onto the international stage this year, with a dramatic IPO from Beyond Meat and the Impossible Burger making its way into 17,000 restaurants in the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore and Macao, and retail outlets such as Wegmans, Gelson’s and Fairway Market.," 24 Oct. 2019 Soy contains estrogen-like compounds called isoflavones that some findings say can promote the growth of some cancer cells, impair female fertility and mess with men’s hormones. BostonGlobe.com, "Plant-based meat burst onto the international stage this year, with a dramatic IPO from Beyond Meat and the Impossible Burger making its way into 17,000 restaurants in the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore and Macao, and retail outlets such as Wegmans, Gelson’s and Fairway Market.," 24 Oct. 2019

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1926, in the meaning defined above

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“Isoflavone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/isoflavone. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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isoflavone

noun
iso·​fla·​vone | \ -ˈflā-ˌvōn How to pronounce isoflavone (audio) \

Medical Definition of isoflavone

: a bioactive ketone C15H10O2 noted for its numerous derivatives that are found in plants (as the soybean) and have antioxidant and estrogenic activity also : any of these derivatives (as daidzein or genistein)

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