Definition of phytol in US English:

phytol

noun

Biochemistry
  • A long-chain terpenoid alcohol, C₂₀H₄₀O, that is a colourless oil obtained by the hydrolysis of various biologically important compounds including chlorophyll and vitamins E and K.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in Journal of the Chemical Society. From German Phytol from ancient Greek ϕυτόν plant + German -ol.

Pronunciation

phytol

/ˈfʌɪtɒl/