phytosterol

[ fahy-tos-tuh-rawl, -rol ]
/ faɪˈtɒs təˌrɔl, -ˌrɒl /
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noun

Biochemistry. any of various sterols obtained from plants.

Origin of phytosterol

First recorded in 1895–1900; phyto- + sterol
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Examples from the Web for phytosterol

  • Cholesterol is frequently found in animal fats, and phytosterol is a very similar substance present in vegetable fats.