a sweet crystalline alcohol, CH(OH), existing in nine isomeric forms and found in both plant and animal tissues, esp. the form found in the vitamin B complex that may have some effect on cholesterol metabolism
Origin of inositolfrom Classical Greek is (gen. inos), muscle, fiber, strength (see inion) + -it(e) + -ol
Any of nine isomeric alcohols, C6H12O6 · 2H2O, that are precursors to various signaling molecules.
Origin of inositolGreek īs īn- sinew ; see wei- in Indo-European roots. -os(e) 2 -it(e) 2 -ol 1
From Ancient Greek stem of ἴς (is, in-, “sinew, fiber”) +-ose (“indicating a carbohydrate”) + -ite (“ester”) + -ol (“an alcohol”)