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diosgenin

[dahy-oz-jen-in, dahy-oz-juh-nin]
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noun Biochemistry.
  1. a crystalline compound, C27H42O3, the aglycone of dioscin: used in the synthesis of steroidal hormones, as of progesterone.
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Origin of diosgenin

< German Diosgenin (1936), equivalent to New Latin Dios(corea) the yam genus from which it was first extracted, irregular after Dioscorides 1st-century a.d. Greek physician + German -genin; see -gen, -in2
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