phytol

phytol

[fahy-tawl, -tol]
noun Biochemistry.
a hydrophobic alcohol, C 2 0 H 4 0 O, that occurs esterified as a side chain in the chlorophyll molecule.

Origin:
< German (1907); see phyto-, -ol

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phytol phy·tol (fī'tôl')
n.
A liquid alcohol used in the synthesis of vitamins E and K.

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phytol

an organic compound used in the manufacture of synthetic vitamins E and K1. Phytol was first obtained by hydrolysis (decomposition by water) of chlorophyll in 1909 by the German chemist Richard Wilstatter. Its structure was determined in 1928 by the German chemist F.G. Fischer. Phytol may be obtained in the process of separating chlorophyll from alfalfa.

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