antioxidant

noun

an·​ti·​ox·​i·​dant ˌan-tē-ˈäk-sə-dənt How to pronounce antioxidant (audio)
ˌan-ˌtī-
: a substance (such as beta-carotene or vitamin C) that inhibits oxidation or reactions promoted by oxygen, peroxides, or free radicals
antioxidant adjective

Examples of antioxidant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their African skincare, or A-Beauty line, is formulated with antioxidants — including turmeric, okra, quasil and black seed — to target skincare concerns on a cellular level like hyperpigmentation, a common condition that people with melanin experience. Anaja I. Smith, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 May 2024 Vitamin C and lycopene are two naturally-occurring antioxidants found in grapefruit. Caroline C. Boyle, USA TODAY, 10 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for antioxidant 

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Word History

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of antioxidant was in 1919

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“Antioxidant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antioxidant. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

antioxidant

noun
an·​ti·​ox·​i·​dant ˌant-ē-ˈäk-səd-ənt How to pronounce antioxidant (audio)
ˌan-ˌtī-
: a substance that opposes oxidation or prevents or makes difficult reactions made easier by oxygen

Medical Definition

antioxidant

noun
an·​ti·​ox·​i·​dant ˌant-ē-ˈäk-səd-ənt, ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce antioxidant (audio)
: any of various substances (as beta-carotene, vitamin C, and alpha-tocopherol) that inhibit oxidation or reactions promoted by oxygen and peroxides and that include many held to protect the living body from the deleterious effects of free radicals
antioxidant adjective

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