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

Origin and Etymology of lignan

International Scientific Vocabulary lign- + 3-an


Medical Dictionary

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 LetterJune 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 ReportsJanuary 1999

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