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sitosterol

[sahy-tos-tuh-rawl, -rol] /saɪˈtɒs təˌrɔl, -ˌrɒl/
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.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; sito- + sterol
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  • Beta-sitosterol is a plant sterol found in some of these herbs that is marketed as a dietary supplement for prostate health.
British Dictionary definitions for sitosterol

sitosterol

/saɪˈtɒstəˌrɒl/
noun
1.
a white powder or waxy white solid extracted from soya beans, consisting of a mixture of isomers of the formula C29H50O with other sterols: used in cosmetics and medicine
Word Origin
C20: from Greek sitos food, grain + sterol
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sitosterol in Medicine

sitosterol si·tos·ter·ol (sī-tŏs'tə-rôl', -rōl', sĭ-)
n.
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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