Definition of tocopherol in English:


Line breaks: toc|oph¦erol
Pronunciation: /tɒˈkɒfərɒl


  • Any of several closely related compounds, found in wheatgerm oil, egg yolk, and leafy vegetables, which 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.


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

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