adaptogen

noun adap·to·gen \ ə-ˈdap-tə-jən \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

adaptogenic

play \ə-ˌdap-tə-ˈje-nik\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of adaptogen

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


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adaptogen

noun adap·to·gen \ ə-ˈdap-tə-jən \

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

adaptogenic

play \ə-ˌdap-tə-ˈje-nik\ adjective
    • adaptogenic herbs like ginseng and milk thistle, which can help build stress resistance.
    • —Barb BerggoetzThe Indianapolis (Indiana) Star30 Oct. 2007

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