adaptogen

noun
adap·​to·​gen | \ ə-ˈdap-tə-jən How to pronounce adaptogen (audio) \

Definition of adaptogen

: a nontoxic substance and especially a plant extract that is held to increase the body's ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promote or restore normal physiological functioning

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Other Words from adaptogen

adaptogenic \ ə-​ˌdap-​tə-​ˈje-​nik How to pronounce adaptogenic (audio) \ adjective

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Herbivore Emerald CBD + Adaptogens Deep Moisture Glow Oil combines the skin-calming adaptogen with CBD to thwart overactive oil glands and help prevent blemishes from forming. Meirav Devash, Marie Claire, "6 of the Best CBD Skincare Products You Can Buy at Sephora," 24 May 2019 Two-fold are adaptogens, which serve a similar purpose. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "From CBD to Sex-Positivity, the 8 Biggest Wellness Trends of 2018," 10 Dec. 2018 Now there are more than 400 kombucha brands, pushing him to look for additional sales with a new type of tea made with plant adaptogens derived from medicinal mushrooms. Patrick Mcgroarty, WSJ, "Dull Skin? Restless Sleep? There’s a Drink for That," 28 Aug. 2018 What was funnier was meeting with beauty editors year after year who were asking about Moon Juice, adaptogens, dust, and what was in my beauty routine. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "Amanda Chantal Bacon Suddenly Believes in Skin Care," 27 June 2018 Cannabis, adaptogens, juice cleanses and more trendy ways to practice self-care. Olivia Hall, The Seattle Times, "Overstressed? 15 wellness trends to help you relax," 3 July 2018 Known for its ingestible adaptogens (super-power plants said to boost mood and fight inflammation), this California company’s beauty products employ the power of mushrooms to smooth and plump skin. Olivia Hall, The Seattle Times, "Overstressed? 15 wellness trends to help you relax," 3 July 2018 Chalk it all up to a mixture of genetics, diet (including a regimented food plan full of adaptogens and activated cashews), and the brand’s new skin-care line. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "Amanda Chantal Bacon Suddenly Believes in Skin Care," 27 June 2018 His goal is to increase the understanding and awareness of adaptogens. New York Times, "What Are Adaptogens?," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of adaptogen

1969, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adaptogen

borrowed from Russian, from adaptatsiya adaptation + -o- -o- + -gen -gen

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adaptogen

noun
adap·​to·​gen | \ ə-ˈdap-tə-jən How to pronounce adaptogen (audio) \

Medical Definition of adaptogen

: a nontoxic substance and especially a plant extract that is held to increase the body's ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promote or restore normal physiological functioning Fortunately, a class of herbs known in herbal medicine as adaptogens can provide an added boost of vitality and increase the body's ability to adapt to common stresses. — James Bailey, Yoga Journal,, January/February 2004

Other Words from adaptogen

adaptogenic \ ə-​ˌdap-​tə-​ˈje-​nik How to pronounce adaptogenic (audio) \ adjective
adaptogenic herbs like ginseng and milk thistle, which can help build stress resistance. — Barb Berggoetz, The Indianapolis (Indiana) Star, 30 Oct. 2007

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