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resveratrol Line breaks: res|vera|trol
Pronunciation: /rɛzˈvɛrətrɒl/

Definition of resveratrol in English:


[mass noun] Chemistry
A polyphenol compound found in certain plants and in red wine, which has antioxidant properties and has been investigated for possible anti-carcinogenic effects.
Example sentences
  • However, the beneficial metabolic effects of resveratrol have been clearly demonstrated in diabetic animal models.
  • Indeed, in the laboratory resveratrol protects cells from cancerous change.
  • Found in the skin of grapes, resveratrol belongs to a class of antioxidants produced by the plant to protect against infection.


1930s: blend of resin and veratrum (the plant from which the compound was first obtained) + -ol.

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