One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A polyphenol compound found in certain plants and in red wine, which has antioxidant properties and has been investigated for possible anti-carcinogenic effects.
- ‘Indeed, in the laboratory resveratrol protects cells from cancerous change.’
- ‘Even among red wines the concentration of resveratrol can vary by more than an order of magnitude.’
- ‘Found in the skin of grapes, resveratrol belongs to a class of antioxidants produced by the plant to protect against infection.’
- ‘The inhibitory effect of resveratrol on Botrytis mycelium growth has been a matter of debate.’
- ‘However, the beneficial metabolic effects of resveratrol have been clearly demonstrated in diabetic animal models.’
1930s: blend of resin and veratrum (the plant from which the compound was first obtained) + -ol.
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