One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A simple carbohydrate which occurs in animal and plant tissue and is a vitamin of the B group.
Alternative name: hexahydroxycyclohexane; chemical formula: C₆H₁₂O₆
- ‘In the intact plant, inositol is synthesized in the leaf in response to salinization, and transported to the root in phloem.’
- ‘Betaine, along with choline, methionine, vitamin B12, and inositol, were first known for their ability to protect against the development of fatty liver in animals as early as 1954.’
- ‘Molecules with phosphorylated inositol are termed polyphosphoinositides.’
- ‘Even wild-type strains exhibit growth stimulation in response to supplementation with inositol and choline.’
- ‘For calibration, standard monosaccharide solutions and inositol (the internal standard) were used.’
Late 19th century: from the earlier name inosite + -ol.
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