sitosterol

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noun si·tos·ter·ol \sī-ˈtä-stə-ˌrȯl, sə-, -ˌrōl\

Definition of sitosterol

  1. :  any of several sterols that are widespread especially in plant products (such as wheat germ or soybean oil) and are used as starting materials for the synthesis of steroid hormones

Origin and Etymology of sitosterol

Greek sitos grain + English sterol


First Known Use: 1898


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sitosterol

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noun si·tos·ter·ol \sī-ˈtäs-tə-ˌrȯl, sə-, -ˌrōl\

Medical Definition of sitosterol

  1. :  any of several sterols that occur widely in plant products (as wheat germ or soybean oil) and are used in the synthesis of steroid hormones; especially :  beta-sitosterol


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