smilagenin

noun
smi·​la·​gen·​in | \ ˌsmīləˈjenə̇n, smīˈlajənə̇n \
plural -s

Definition of smilagenin

: a steroid sapogenin C27H44O3 that is obtained especially from a sarsaparilla (Smilax ornata) and is stereoisomeric with sarsapogenin

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History and Etymology for smilagenin

New Latin Smilax (genus name of Smilax ornata) + English -genin

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“Smilagenin.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smilagenin. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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