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 adaptogen (audio) \ adjective

Examples of adaptogen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Research has found this adaptogen (aka extracts of the root of the shrub ashwagandha) to have ample physical health benefits. Brierley Horton, Ms, Better Homes & Gardens, "Add These 5 Anti-Anxiety Foods to Your Diet to Help Find Calm," 15 May 2020 Each flavor contains different adaptogens to target various concerns, from stress management to strengthening hair and nails. Ellen Fort, Sunset Magazine, "Don’t Make Dry January Boring: Trade One of These Fancy Beverages for Booze," 13 Jan. 2020 That has been founder Jen Batchelor’s tack at Kin Euphorics, her non-alcoholic, functional beverage brand formulated with a blend of nootropics, adaptogens, and botanics. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Meet the Poster Girl for L.A.’s Zero-Proof Party Scene," 24 Apr. 2019 Each flavor contains different adaptogens to target various concerns, from stress management to strengthening hair and nails. Ellen Fort, Sunset Magazine, "Don’t Make Dry January Boring: Trade One of These Fancy Beverages for Booze," 13 Jan. 2020 Each flavor contains different adaptogens to target various concerns, from stress management to strengthening hair and nails. Ellen Fort, Sunset Magazine, "Don’t Make Dry January Boring: Trade One of These Fancy Beverages for Booze," 13 Jan. 2020 Try these popular products that incorporate CBD, adaptogens, and essential oils. Brierley Horton, al, "Health or Hype? Which alternative health trends are worth a try," 14 Jan. 2020 Each flavor contains different adaptogens to target various concerns, from stress management to strengthening hair and nails. Ellen Fort, Sunset Magazine, "Don’t Make Dry January Boring: Trade One of These Fancy Beverages for Booze," 13 Jan. 2020 Each flavor contains different adaptogens to target various concerns, from stress management to strengthening hair and nails. Ellen Fort, Sunset Magazine, "Don’t Make Dry January Boring: Trade One of These Fancy Beverages for Booze," 13 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of adaptogen was in 1969

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“Adaptogen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adaptogen. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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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 adaptogen (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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