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sitosterol

[ sahy-tos-tuh-rawl, -rol ]

noun

, Chemistry.
  1. any of five steroid alcohols having the formula C 2 2 H 5 0 O, especially the beta form, obtained from various plant sources: used in organic synthesis.


sitosterol

/ saɪˈtɒstəˌrɒl /

noun

  1. a white powder or waxy white solid extracted from soya beans, consisting of a mixture of isomers of the formula C 29 H 50 O with other sterols: used in cosmetics and medicine


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Word History and Origins

Origin of sitosterol1

First recorded in 1915–20; sito- + sterol
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Word History and Origins

Origin of sitosterol1

C20: from Greek sitos food, grain + sterol

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