sapogenin

noun
sa·​po·​ge·​nin | \ ˌsa-pə-ˈje-nən How to pronounce sapogenin (audio) , 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

First Known Use of sapogenin

circa 1862, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sapogenin

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

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The first known use of sapogenin was circa 1862

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sapodilla family

sapogenin

saponaceous

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“Sapogenin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sapogenin. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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sapogenin

noun
sa·​po·​ge·​nin | \ ˌsap-ə-ˈjen-ən How to pronounce sapogenin (audio) , sə-ˈpäj-ə-nən How to pronounce sapogenin (audio) \

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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