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ster·ol(stîr′ôl′, -ōl′, stĕr′-)
Any of a group of predominantly unsaturated solid alcohols of the steroid group, such as cholesterol and ergosterol, found in animals, plants, and fungi, especially as components of cell membranes.
[Short for cholesterol.]
(Biochemistry) biochem any of a group of natural steroid alcohols, such as cholesterol and ergosterol, that are waxy insoluble substances
[C20: shortened from cholesterol, ergosterol, etc]
ste•rol(ˈstɪər ɔl, -ɒl, ˈstɛr-)
any of a group of solid, mostly unsaturated, polycyclic alcohols, as cholesterol and ergosterol, derived from plants or animals.
[1910–15; extracted from cholesterol, etc.]
Any of various alcohols having the structure of a steroid, including cholesterol. Sterols are found in the tissues of animals, plants, fungi, and yeasts.
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|Noun||1.||sterol - any of a group of natural steroid alcohols derived from plants or animals; they are waxy insoluble substances|
alcohol - any of a series of volatile hydroxyl compounds that are made from hydrocarbons by distillation
steroid - any of several fat-soluble organic compounds having as a basis 17 carbon atoms in four rings; many have important physiological effects
cholesterin, cholesterol - an animal sterol that is normally synthesized by the liver; the most abundant steroid in animal tissues
ergosterol - a plant sterol that is converted into vitamin D by ultraviolet radiation