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
adaptogenicplay \ə-ˌdap-tə-ˈje-nik\ adjective
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This recipe features nutmeg (a natural sleep aid) and ashwagandha (an adaptogen that helps your body deal with stress) to shepherd you to dreamland.
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Origin and Etymology of adaptogen
International Scientific Vocabulary adapt + -o- + -gen
First Known Use: 1969See Words from the same year
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\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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