Saponin



noun, Biochemistry.
1.
any of a group of amorphous glycosides of terpenes and steroids, occurring in many plants, characterized by an ability to form emulsions and to foam in aqueous solutions, and used as detergents.
noun
1.
any of a group of plant glycosides with a steroid structure that foam when shaken and are used in detergents

saponin sap·o·nin (sāp’ə-nĭn, sə-pō’-)
n.
Any of various plant glucosides that form soapy lathers when mixed and agitated with water, used in detergents, foaming agents, and emulsifiers.
saponin
(sāp’ə-nĭn, sə-pō’-)
Any of various plant glucosides that form soapy lathers when mixed and agitated with water. They are used in detergents, foaming agents, and emulsifiers. Some saponins, such as digitalis, affect the heart and have been used as medicines and arrow poisons by indigenous peoples of Africa and South America.

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