[ih-noh-si-tawl, -tohl, ahy-noh-]
- Biochemistry. a compound, C6H12O6, derivative of cyclohexane, widely distributed in plants and seeds as phytin, and occurring in animal tissue and in urine: an essential growth factor for animal life, present in the vitamin B complex.
- Pharmacology. the commercial form of this compound, a white, sweet, crystalline solid, used chiefly to promote epithelialization of the cervix after infection or injury.
Origin of inositol
Also called hexahydroxycyclohexane.
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- a cyclic alcohol, one isomer of which (i -inositol) is present in yeast and is a growth factor for some organisms; cyclohexanehexol. Formula: C 6 H 12 O 6
Word Origin for inositol
C19: from Greek in-, is sinew + -ose ² + -ite 1 + -ol 1
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inositol(ĭ-nō′sĭ-tôl′, -tōl′, ī-nō′-)
- Any of nine isomeric alcohols especially one found in plant and animal tissue and classified as a member of the vitamin B complex.
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[ĭ-nō′sĭ-tôl′, -tōl′, ī-nō′-]
- Any of nine isomeric alcohols, especially one found in plant and animal tissue and classified as a member of the vitamin B complex. Inositol is necessary for the growth of yeasts and other fungi, and in humans is especially abundant as part of a phospholipid found in the brain. Chemical formula: C6H12O6.
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