diosgenin

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di·os·gen·in

(dī-os'jen-in),
A steroid sapogenin found in the roots of plants such as the yam; its steroid portion serves as a source from which pregnenolone and progesterone can be prepared.
Synonym(s): nitogenin

diosgenin

Herbal medicine
A steroid saponin closely related to human sex hormones, corticosteroids, vitamin D and cardiac glycosides, which is present in wild yam (Dioscorea species) and Beth root (Trillium erectum). Diosgenin is used for the commercial synthesis of cortisone, pregnenolone, progesterone and other steroids.