Tocopherol meaning

tō-kŏfə-rôl, -rōl
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Any of a group of closely related, fat-soluble alcohols constituting vitamin E and similar compounds.
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Any of a group of four closely related viscous oils that constitute vitamin E and occur chiefly in wheat germ oil, cottonseed oil, lettuce, etc.
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Any of a group of closely related fat-soluble alcohols that are forms of vitamin E and that differ from the tocotrienols in having saturated side chains.
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Any of a group of closely related, fat-soluble alcohols that are types of vitamin E, especially alpha-tocopherol.
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Any of several isomers of the principal component of vitamin E, each containing a chromanol ring and an isoprene side-chain.
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Origin of tocopherol

  • Greek tokos offspring tocology Greek pherein to carry bher-1 in Indo-European roots –ol

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