Inositol definition

ĭ-nōsĭ-tôl, -tōl, ī-nō-
Any of nine isomeric alcohols, C6 H12 O6 · 2H2 O, that are precursors to various signaling molecules.
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Any of nine isomeric alcohols, C6 H12 O6 · 2H2 O, that are precursors to various signaling molecules.
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A sweet crystalline alcohol, C6H6(OH)6, 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.
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Any of nine isomeric alcohols, C6 H12 O6 · 2H2 O, that are precursors to various signaling molecules.
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Any of nine isomeric alcohols, especially one found in plant and animal tissue and classified as a member of the vitamin B complex. Inositol is necessary for the growth of yeasts and other fungi, and in humans is especially abundant as part of a phospholipid found in the brain. Chemical formula: C6H12O6.
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(biochemistry) Any of several isomeric cyclic polyhydric alcohols, C6H12O6, found in both plant and animal tissue.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
inositol
Plural:
inositols

Origin of inositol

  • Greek īs īn- sinew wei- in Indo-European roots –os(e) –it(e) –ol

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Greek īs īn- sinew wei- in Indo-European roots –os(e) –it(e) –ol

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek stem of ἴς (is, in-, “sinew, fiber”) +-ose (“indicating a carbohydrate”) + -ite (“ester”) +‎ -ol (“an alcohol”)

    From Wiktionary