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any of a group of steroids having long aliphatic side-chains at position 17 and at least one alcoholic hydroxyl group; the sterols have lipidlike solubility. Examples are cholesterol and ergosterol.
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A steroid with one OH (alcohol) group; the systematic names contain either the prefix hydroxy- or the suffix -ol, for example, cholesterol, ergosterol.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
sterol(stîr′ôl′, -ōl′, stĕr′-)
Any of a group of predominantly unsaturated solid alcohols of the steroid group, such as cholesterol and ergosterol, found in animals, plants, and fungi, especially as components of cell membranes.
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A steroid with one OH (alcohol) group; the systematic names contain either the prefix hydroxy- or the suffix -ol, e.g., cholesterol, ergosterol.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
sterola steroid alcohol in which the alcoholic hydroxyl group is attached in position 3, and which has an aliphatic side chain of at least 8 carbon atoms at position 17.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005