The bean of the climbing herb Glycine soja or G. hispida (family Leguminosae); a bean rich in protein and containing little starch; it is the source of soybean oil; soybean flour is used in preparing a bread for diabetic patients, in feeding formulas for infants who are unable to tolerate cow's milk, and for adults allergic to cow's milk.
[Hind. soya, fennel]
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Examples: glitazone, GI cocktail, etc.