/duy'oz jen"in, duy oz"jeuh nin/, n. Biochem.
a crystalline compound, C27H42O3, the aglycone of dioscin: used in the synthesis of steroidal hormones, as of progesterone.
[ < G Diosgenin (1936), equiv to NL Dios(corea) the yam genus from which it was first extracted, irreg. after Dioscorides 1st-century A.D. Greek physician + G -genin; see -GEN, -IN2]

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