ste·​rol | \ ˈstir-ˌȯl How to pronounce sterol (audio) , ˈster-, -ˌōl \

Definition of sterol

: any of various solid steroid alcohols (such as cholesterol) widely distributed in animal and plant lipids

Examples of sterol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chemicals called sterols, from human and animal feces, record how densely populated the area is. K.n. Smith, Ars Technica, "We know Vikings as infamous raiders—was that merely a response to climate change?," 6 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of sterol

1913, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sterol

International Scientific Vocabulary, from -sterol (as in cholesterol)

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The first known use of sterol was in 1913

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“Sterol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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ste·​rol | \ ˈsti(ə)r-ˌȯl How to pronounce sterol (audio) , ˈste(ə)r- How to pronounce sterol (audio) , -ˌōl \

Medical Definition of sterol

: any of various solid steroid alcohols (as cholesterol) widely distributed in animal and plant lipids

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