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a sterol of vegetable origin.
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Generic term for the sterols of plants.
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phytosterol(fī′tō-stîr′ôl′, -ōl′, -stĕr′-)
Any of various sterols, such as stigmasterol, that are derived from plants.
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phytosterolA generic term for cholesterol-like compounds of plant origin, which include plant sterols and stanols.
It is alleged that phytosterols reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease due to their ability to reduce serum cholesterol levels; however, there are few peer-reviewed reports that support this allegation.
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