pregnenolone

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noun preg·nen·o·lone \preg-ˈne-nə-ˌlōn\

Definition of pregnenolone

  1. :  an unsaturated hydroxy steroid ketone C21H32O2 that is formed by the oxidation of steroids (such as cholesterol) and yields progesterone on dehydrogenation

Origin and Etymology of pregnenolone

International Scientific Vocabulary pregnene (C21H34) + 1-ol + -one


First Known Use: 1936


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pregnenolone

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noun preg·nen·o·lone \preg-ˈnen-əl-ˌōn\

Medical Definition of pregnenolone

  1. :  an unsaturated hydroxy steroid ketone C21H32O2 that is formed by the oxidation of steroids (as cholesterol) and yields progesterone on dehydrogenation


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