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phorbol

[fawr-bawl, -bol] /ˈfɔr bɔl, -bɒl/
noun, Biochemistry
1.
the parent alcohol, C 2 0 H 2 8 O 6 , of certain carcinogenic compounds in croton oil.
Origin of phorbol
< German Phorbol (1927) < Greek phorb() forage (see forb) + German -ol -ol1
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