phytosterol

A plant-based compound that can compete with dietary cholesterol to be absorbed by the intestines, resulting in lower blood cholesterol levels. Phytosterols may have some effect in cancer prevention. Also called plant sterol.

English dictionary of cancer terms . 2015.

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  • phytostérol — ● phytostérol nom masculin Nom générique des stérols d origine végétale (ergostérol, extrait de l ergot de seigle, par exemple) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • phytosterol — [fī täs′tər ôl΄, fī täs′tərōl΄] n. [ PHYTO + STEROL] 1. any of several steroid alcohols found in plants 2. an isomer of cholesterol found in plants …   English World dictionary

  • Phytosterol — Phytosterols (also called plant sterols) are a group of steroid alcohols, phytochemicals naturally occurring in plants. They are white powders with mild, characteristic odor, insoluble in water and soluble in alcohols. They have many applications …   Wikipedia

  • Phytostérol — Les phytostérols ou stérols naturels sont un groupe de stérols naturellement présents dans les plantes. Les phytostérols sont présents en petite quantité dans les huiles végétales, particulièrement dans l huile d argousier (1640 mg/100g huile)[1] …   Wikipédia en Français

  • phytosterol — noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1898 any of various sterols derived from plants …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Phytosterol — Dieser Artikel oder Abschnitt bedarf einer Überarbeitung. Näheres ist auf der Diskussionsseite angegeben. Hilf mit, ihn zu verbessern, und entferne anschließend diese Markierung. Strukturformel von Stigmasterin …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • phytosterol — /fuy tos teuh rawl , rol /, n. Biochem. any of various sterols obtained from plants. [1895 1900; PHYTO + STEROL] * * * …   Universalium

  • phytosterol — noun Any of a group of steroid alcohols, phytochemicals naturally occurring in plants. They are white powders with mild, characteristic odor, insoluble in water and soluble in alcohols. Syn: plant sterol …   Wiktionary

  • phytosterol — Generic term for the sterols of plants. * * * phy·tos·ter·ol fī täs tə .rȯl, .rōl n any of various sterols derived from plants compare ZOOSTEROL * * * phy·tos·ter·ol (fi tosґtər ol″) a plant sterol. See also sitosterol …   Medical dictionary

  • phytosterol — phy·tos·te·rol …   English syllables

  • phytosterol — /faɪˈtɒstərɒl/ (say fuy tostuhrol) noun any of a number of sterols found in plants, used as food additives, and in medicines and cosmetics. {phyto + sterol} …   Australian English dictionary

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