sapogenin

noun sa·po·ge·nin \ ˌsa-pə-ˈje-nən , sə-ˈpä-jə-nən \

Definition of sapogenin

: a nonsugar portion of a saponin that is typically obtained by hydrolysis, has either a complex terpenoid or a steroidal structure, and in the latter case forms a practicable starting point in the synthesis of steroid hormones

Origin and Etymology of sapogenin

International Scientific Vocabulary saponin + -genin (compound formed from another compound)


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sapogenin

noun sa·po·ge·nin \ ˌsap-ə-ˈjen-ən , sə-ˈpäj-ə-nən \

medical Definition of sapogenin

: a nonsugar portion of a saponin that is typically obtained by hydrolysis, has either a complex terpenoid or a steroid structure and in the latter case forms a practicable starting point in the synthesis of steroid hormones

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