Meaning of diosgenin

di•os•gen•in

Pronunciation: (dī"oz-jen'in, dī-oz'ju-nin), [key]
— n. Biochem.
  1. a crystalline compound, CHO, the aglycone of dioscin: used in the synthesis of steroidal hormones, as of progesterone.
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