phy·​tos·​ter·​ol fī-ˈtä-stə-ˌrȯl How to pronounce phytosterol (audio)
: any of various sterols derived from plants

Examples of phytosterol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Zinc is a mineral proven to stimulate our immune systems.3 Lentils are also the highest plant compound–containing legume, with especially notable amounts of flavonols, anthocyanins, and phytosterols, among many others. Christina Manian, Rdn, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Apr. 2023 One study found that green or underripe bananas have bioactive compounds, including phenolics and phytosterols, and contain resistant starch, a type of prebiotic present in both the pulp and peel that is beneficial to colon health. Valerie Agyeman, Good Housekeeping, 21 Mar. 2023 In a fossilized specimen of the slug-like Kimberella, the team detected molecules of phytosterol preserved in the creature’s gut. Toyin Owoseje, CNN, 25 Nov. 2022 Promote eye, skin, and bone health: Phytochemicals like carotenoids and phytosterols reduce oxidative and inflammatory stress. Caroline Walder, Good Housekeeping, 26 Sep. 2018 And that is not all: extracts from the rose flower itself contain many essential fatty acids such as ω3 and ω6 as well as micronutrients like α-tocopherol (Vitamin E) and β-sitosterol (which is a phytosterol). Bel Dumé, Scientific American, 4 May 2018 PSO contains phytosterols which decrease inflammation in the body and may help in lowering cholesterol (but ask your physician first prior to adding to your diet). Alexandra Tunell, Harper's BAZAAR, 15 Sep. 2014

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Word History


phyto- + sterol

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of phytosterol was in 1898

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“Phytosterol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


phy·​tos·​ter·​ol fī-ˈtäs-tə-ˌrȯl How to pronounce phytosterol (audio) -ˌrōl How to pronounce phytosterol (audio)
: any of various sterols derived from plants compare zoosterol
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