diosgenin

noun

di·​os·​gen·​in ˌdī-ˌäz-ˈjen-ən How to pronounce diosgenin (audio) -ˈäz-jə-nən How to pronounce diosgenin (audio)
: a crystalline steroid sapogenin C27H42O3 obtained especially from yams (genus Dioscorea) and used as a starting material for the synthesis of steroid hormones (as cortisone and progesterone)

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“Diosgenin.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/diosgenin. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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