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Structure of the neoflavonoids backbone (neoflavan represented)

Neoflavonoids are a class of polyphenolic compounds.[1] While flavonoids (in the narrow sense) have the 2-phenylchromen-4-one backbone, neoflavonoids have the 4-phenylchromen backbone with no hydroxyl group substitution at position 2.


Chemical structure of 4-phenylcoumarin (neoflavone backbone).

Neoflavonoids include 4-arylcoumarins (neoflavones), 4-arylchromanes, dalbergiones and dalbergiquinols.

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External links[edit]

The dictionary definition of neoflavonoid at Wiktionary