One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of several closely related compounds, found in wheat germ oil, egg yolk, and leafy vegetables, that collectively constitute vitamin E. They are fat-soluble alcohols with antioxidant properties, important in the stabilization of cell membranes.
- ‘Such parameters have been measured successfully for a range of more natural lipidic inclusions such as various phospholipid species, cholesterol and alpha tocopherol.’
- ‘Vitamin E is a mixture of several related compounds known as tocopherols.’
- ‘Certain vitamins like tocopherol and ascorbic acid are also suggested to have a strong free radical scavenging properties.’
- ‘Many E-numbers are found naturally in foods and may include essential vitamins, such as ascorbic acid and tocopherols.’
- ‘The high reactivity of the singlet states of lycopene may be relevant to the synergetic antioxidative effect of tocopherols in the presence of lycopene.’
1930s: from Greek tokos ‘offspring’ + pherein ‘to bear’ + -ol.
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