Definition of dehydrocholesterol in English:

dehydrocholesterol

Line breaks: de|hydro|chol¦es¦terol
Pronunciation: /diːˌhʌɪdrə(ʊ)kəˈlɛstərɒl
 
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noun

[mass noun] Biochemistry
  • A derivative of cholesterol present in the skin. It can be converted to cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) by the action of ultraviolet radiation.
    • Chemical formula: C27H44O
    More example sentences
    • In the skin 7 - dehydrocholesterol is converted to cholecalciferol following UV irradiation.
    • The most important source of vitamin D for all individuals is the sunlight-driven conversion in skin of 7 - dehydrocholesterol to cholecalciferol.
    • Other types of UV dosimeters are based on the photodamage of DNA in spores, bacteria or bacteriophages or the conversion of 7 - dehydrocholesterol to previtamin D.

Origin

1930s: from dehydro- 'that has lost hydrogen' + cholesterol.

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