- a crystalline, water-insoluble steroid, C29H48O, present in soybeans or calabar beans, used chiefly as a raw material in the manufacture of progesterone.
Origin of stigmasterol
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- biochem a sterol obtained from Calabar beans and soya beans and used in the manufacture of progesterone. Formula: C 29 H 47 OH
C20: from New Latin (physo) stigma genus name of the Calabar bean + sterol; see physostigmine
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