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Chemical structure of macelignan
IUPAC name
(8R, 8′S)-7-(3,4-methylenedioxyphenyl)-7′-(4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenyl)-8,8′-dimethybutane
ChemSpider 8579683 N
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PubChem 10404245
Molar mass 328.40 g/mol
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Infobox references

Macelignan is a lignan. It can be found in Myristica fragrans, the nutmeg.

Medical research[edit]

One study has shown that macelignan may exert antimicrobial and anticariogenic activity against Streptococcus mutans, but this is not a currently used treatment.[1][2]


  1. ^ Dental Caries and Medicinal Plants –An Overview. B. Parimala Devi and R. Ramasubramaniaraj, Journal of Pharmacy Research 2009, 2(11),1669-1675
  2. ^ Anticariogenic activity of macelignan isolated from Myristica fragrans (nutmeg) against Streptococcus mutans. J.Y. Chung, J.H. Choo, M.H. Lee and J.K. Hwang, Phytomedicine, Volume 13, Issue 4, 13 March 2006, Pages 261-266, doi:10.1016/j.phymed.2004.04.007