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lignan

Class:

noun

Etymology:

International Scientific Vocabulary lign- + -an
(Source: Merriam-Webster)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Lignan | lignans

a group of chemical compounds found in plants. Lignans are one of the major classes of phytoestrogens, which are estrogen-like chemicals and also act as antioxidants. The other classes of phytoestrogens are the isoflavones and coumestans. Plant lignans... (38 of 895 words, 2 images)

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Collins Dictionary:

lignan

A beneficial substance, found in plants, which has estrogenic and anticancer effects (12 of 178 words, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

lignan

any of a class of propyl phenolic dimers including many found in plants and noted for having antioxidant and estrogenic activity (21 of 37 words, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

lignan [organic chemistry]

Any of a class of phytoestrogens characterized by the presence of a pair of propylbenzene groupings (16 of 19 words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

lignan

a phenolic compound of a group found mainly in plants that are believed to protect human beings from tumors and viruses (21 of 30 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 701707155​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Merriam-Webster:

lignan

First use: 1944

Origin: International Scientific Vocabulary lign- + -an

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/lignan

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