phorbol

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phor·bol

(fōr'bol),
The parent alcohol of the cocarcinogens, which are 12,13(9,9a) diesters of phorbol found in croton oil; the hydrocarbon skeleton is a cyclopropabenzazulene; phorbol esters mimic 1,2-diacylglycerol as activators of protein kinase C.

phorbol

/phor·bol/ (for´bol) a polycyclic alcohol occurring in croton oil; it is the parent compound of the phorbol esters.
phorbol ester  any of several esters of phorbol that are potent cocarcinogens, activating a cellular protein kinase; used in research to enhance the induction of mutagenesis or tumors by carcinogens.