adaptogen

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noun adap·to·gen \ə-ˈdap-tə-jən\

Definition of adaptogen

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of adaptogen

International Scientific Vocabulary adapt + -o- + -gen


First Known Use: 1969


Medical Dictionary

adaptogen

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noun adap·to·gen \ə-ˈdap-tə-jən\

Medical Definition of adaptogen

  1. :  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

\ə-ˌdap-tə-ˈje-nik\ play 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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