lignan

noun
lig·​nan | \ˈlig-ˌnan \

Definition of lignan 

: any of a class of propyl phenolic dimers including many found in plants and noted for having antioxidant and estrogenic activity

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One large study found that a higher lignan intake was associated with less decline in cognitive function, memory and processing. Dr. Mehmet Oz, Good Housekeeping, "Dr. Oz Reveals His 4 Tips for Boosting Your Brainpower," 28 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of lignan

1944, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lignan

International Scientific Vocabulary lign- + -an entry 3

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lignan

noun
lig·​nan | \ˈlig-ˌnan \

Medical Definition of lignan 

: any of a class of polyphenolic compounds including many found in plants and noted for having antioxidant and estrogenic activity In the process of digestion, bacteria convert lignans into estrogen-like substances …Wellness Letter, June 1999 The major types of phytoestrogens are thought to be isoflavones, found in soy protein, and lignans, found in flaxseeds, whole grains, and some fruits and vegetables.Consumer Reports, January 1999

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