- any of five steroid alcohols having the formula C22H50O, especially the beta form, obtained from various plant sources: used in organic synthesis.
Origin of sitosterol
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- 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
Word Origin for sitosterol
C20: from Greek sitos food, grain + sterol
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[sī-tŏs′tə-rôl′, -rōl′, sĭ-]
- Any of a group of sterols that occur in high concentrations in certain plants, such as yams, and are used in the synthesis of steroid hormones.
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