Dioscorea

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Dioscorea

(dī″ō-skŏr′ē-ă) [NL]
A genus of yams, a potato-like root vegetable used in many cultures as a source of dietary carbohydrates. There are approx. 150 species. Dioscorea villosa, the wild yam, is used as a source of topically applied cosmetics and plant-derived steroids.
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Chen et al., "Comparative analysis of diosgenin in Dioscorea species and related medicinal plants by UPLC-DAD-MS," BMC Biochemistry, vol.
Results of the present study are compared with other varieties of dioscorea species grown in other parts of the world and other tuber staple foods (like enset (Ensete ventricosum) food products kocho and bulla) to the region in order to evaluate the potential of D.