Definition of tocopherol in English:

tocopherol

Syllabification: to·coph·er·ol
Pronunciation: /təˈkäfəˌrôl, -ˌräl
 
/

noun

Biochemistry
  • Any of several closely related compounds, found in wheat germ oil, egg yolk, and leafy vegetables, that collectively constitute vitamin E. They are fat-soluble alcohols with antioxidant properties, important in the stabilization of cell membranes.
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    • Vitamin E is a mixture of several related compounds known as tocopherols.
    • Many E-numbers are found naturally in foods and may include essential vitamins, such as ascorbic acid and tocopherols.
    • Certain vitamins like tocopherol and ascorbic acid are also suggested to have a strong free radical scavenging properties.

Origin

1930s: from Greek tokos 'offspring' + pherein 'to bear' + -ol.

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