[ fahy-tawl, -tol ]
/ ˈfaɪ tɔl, -tɒl /

noun Biochemistry.

a hydrophobic alcohol, C20H40O, that occurs esterified as a side chain in the chlorophyll molecule.

Origin of phytol

< German (1907); see phyto-, -ol1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for phytol


[ fītôl′ ]


A liquid alcohol used in the synthesis of vitamins E and K.

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