tocopherol


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to·coph·er·ol

 (tō-kŏf′ə-rôl′, -rōl′)
n.
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).]

tocopherol

(tɒˈkɒfəˌrɒl)
n
(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]

to•coph•er•ol

(toʊˈkɒf əˌrɔl, -ˌrɒl)

n.
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
Translations

tocopherol

n tocoferol m
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Cook-Mills examined the CARDIA results for individuals' lung function tests at four intervals from baseline to 20 years and the type of tocopherol levels in their blood plasma at three intervals from baseline to 15 years.
Vitamin E was named "tocopherol," from Greek words meaning "to bear young," because it was found to be an essential nutrient for fertility in rats.
General recommendations are: 1) 50 mg of B-6 daily in addition to a full B-complex; 2) 200-400 mg of magnesium daily; (3) 400 IU of vitamin E as d-alpha tocopherol, not dl-alpha tocopherol; and 4) 1-2 tablespoons flax seed, preferably fresh ground, or as an oil.
TIP: If you're buying a vitamin E supplement, look for D-alpha tocopherol on the label.
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The content of ascorbic acid and tocopherol in the tissues and eggs of wild Macrobrachium rosenbergii during maturation.
Vitamin E has seven Greek letters of its tocopherol components.
The use of different lipids to express serum tocopherol: lipid ratios for the measurement of vitamin E status.
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