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saponins

Pronunciation: sap'o-ninz

Definition: Glycosides of plant origin characterized by the properties of foaming in water and of lysing cells (as in hemolysis of erythrocytes when saponins are injected into the bloodstream); powerful surfactants; many have antibiotic activities.

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