diosgenin

diosgenin

[dahy-oz-jen-in, dahy-oz-juh-nin]
noun Biochemistry.
a crystalline compound, C 27 H 42 O 3 , the aglycone of dioscin: used in the synthesis of steroidal hormones, as of progesterone.

Origin:
< German Diosgenin (1936), equivalent to Neo-Latin Dios(corea) the yam genus from which it was first extracted, irregular after Dioscorides 1st-century a.d. Greek physician + German -genin; see -gen, -in2

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