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An aglycone, or aglycon,[1] is the compound remaining after the glycosyl group on a glycoside is replaced by a hydrogen atom.

For example, the aglycone of a cardiac glycoside would be a steroid molecule.

Classes of phytochemicals found in the aglycone and glycosides forms :

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  • IUPAC Compendium of Chemical Terminology 2nd Edition (1997) 1995, 67, 1312