saponin

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sapon- +‎ -in

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saponin (plural saponins)

  1. (organic chemistry, biochemistry) Any of various steroid glycosides found in plant tissues that dissolve in water to give a soapy froth.
    • 1985, Wade Davis, The Serpent and the Rainbow, Simon & Schuster, p. 111:
      Saponins aren't absorbed by the intestines. You've got to get the stuff into the blood.”

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