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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.
sterol/ster·ol/ (ster´ol) any of a group of steroids with a long (8 to 10 carbons) aliphatic side-chain at position 17 and at least one alcoholic group; they have lipidlike solubility.
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.
Etymology: Gk, stereos + Ar, alkohl, essence
A steroid with one OH (alcohol) group; the systematic names contain either the prefix hydroxy- or the suffix -ol, e.g., cholesterol, ergosterol.
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.
any steroid, e.g. cholesterol and ergosterol, having long (8-10 carbons) aliphatic side-chains at position 17 and at least one alcoholic hydroxyl group; the sterols have lipid-like solubility.