tocopherol

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noun to·coph·er·ol \tō-ˈkä-fə-ˌrȯl, -ˌrōl\

Definition of tocopherol

  1. :  any of several fat-soluble oily phenolic compounds with varying degrees of antioxidant vitamin E activity; especially :  alpha-tocopherol

Origin and Etymology of tocopherol

International Scientific Vocabulary, ultimately from Greek tokos childbirth, offspring (akin to Greek tiktein to beget) + pherein to carry, bear — more at thane, bear


First Known Use: circa 1936


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tocopherol

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noun to·coph·er·ol \tō-ˈkäf-ə-ˌrȯl, -ˌrōl\

Medical Definition of tocopherol

  1. :  any of several fat-soluble oily phenolic compounds with varying degrees of antioxidant vitamin E activity; especially :  alpha-tocopherol


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