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 (tō-kŏf′ə-rôl′, -rōl′)
Any of a group of closely related fat-soluble alcohols that are forms of vitamin E and that differ from the tocotrienols in having saturated side chains.

[Greek tokos, offspring, childbirth; see tek- in Indo-European roots + Greek pherein, to bear, carry; see bher- in Indo-European roots + -ol (tocopherols being so called because they were discovered after it was observed that rats did not reproduce when fed a diet lacking these compounds).]


(Biochemistry) biochem any of a group of fat-soluble alcohols that occur in wheat-germ oil, watercress, lettuce, egg yolk, etc. They are thought to be necessary for healthy human reproduction. Also called: vitamin E
[C20: from toco-, from Greek tokos offspring (see tocology) + -pher-, from pherein to bear + -ol1]


(toʊˈkɒf əˌrɔl, -ˌrɒl)

any of several oils that constitute vitamin E.
[1936; < Greek tóko(s) child, childbirth + phér(ein) to carry, bear1 + -ol1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tocopherol - a fat-soluble vitamin that is essential for normal reproductiontocopherol - a fat-soluble vitamin that is essential for normal reproduction; an important antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals in the body
alpha-tocopheral - a potent form of vitamin E obtained from germ oils or by synthesis
antioxidant - substance that inhibits oxidation or inhibits reactions promoted by oxygen or peroxides
fat-soluble vitamin - any vitamin that is soluble in fats


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In addition to its clean-label advantages, RavEtol delivers a higher alphatocopherol content than other mixed tocopherols and enhances food products with very effective antioxidant protection, the company said.
Comparison of the effect of alpha-lipoic acid and alphatocopherol supplementation on measures of oxidative stress.
Preliminary research, largely in animals, suggests that natural vitamin E rich in gammatocopherol and, depending on the oil source, delta-tocopherol, may be more cancer preventive than alphatocopherol alone, which is the only form in synthetic vitamin E.
3 Plasma analysis Alphatocopherol ([micro]g/dL) 636 [+ or -] 214 Beta-carotene ([micro]g/dL) 83.
gamma-tocopherol and its major metabolite, in contrast to alphatocopherol, inhibit cyclooxygenase activity in macrophages and epithelial cells.
Free and albumin-bound bilirubin are efficient co-antioxidants for alphatocopherol, inhibiting plasma and low density lipoprotein lipid peroxidation.