phy·​tos·​ter·​ol | \ fī-ˈtä-stə-ˌrȯl How to pronounce phytosterol (audio) , -ˌrōl \

Definition of phytosterol

: any of various sterols derived from plants

Examples of phytosterol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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First Known Use of phytosterol

1898, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phytosterol

phyto- + sterol

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“Phytosterol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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phy·​tos·​ter·​ol | \ fī-ˈtäs-tə-ˌrȯl How to pronounce phytosterol (audio) , -ˌrōl How to pronounce phytosterol (audio) \

Medical Definition of phytosterol

: any of various sterols derived from plants — compare zoosterol


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