Definition of sterol in English:


Syllabification: ste·rol
Pronunciation: /ˈsterôl, -äl, ˈsti(ə)r-


  • Any of a group of naturally occurring unsaturated steroid alcohols, typically waxy solids.
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    • Classically, endocrine hormones are considered to be derived from amino acids, peptides, or sterols and to act at sites distant from their tissue of origin.
    • Though these species are in the majority, in reality, biomembranes are quite complex mixtures of not only these simple lipids, but also of proteins and sterols.
    • Milk is composed of more than 12 different types of fat, including sphingolipids, free sterols, cholesterol, and oleic acid.


early 20th century: independent usage of the ending of words such as cholesterol and ergosterol.

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