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diosgenin Syllabification: di·os·gen·in
Pronunciation: /ˌdī-äzˈjenin/ /dīˈäzjənin/

Definition of diosgenin in English:


A steroid compound obtained from Mexican yams and used in the synthesis of steroid hormones.
Example sentences
  • The naturally occurring plant sterol diosgenin from Mexican yams can be converted through a simple laboratory process called hydrolyzation into a steroid compound molecularly identical to human progesterone.
  • Dioscorea species contain the steroidal sapogenin called diosgenin.
  • While one of the components in wild yam, diosgenin, can be converted in the laboratory to steroidal compounds including progesterone, this synthesis does not occur in the human body.


1930s: from dios- (from the modern Latin genus name Dioscorea) + genin, denoting steroids that occur as the nonsugar part of certain glycosides.

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