bio·​ac·​tive | \ ˌbī-ō-ˈak-tiv How to pronounce bioactive (audio) \

Definition of bioactive

: having an effect on a living organism bioactive molecules

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bioactivity \ ˌbī-​ō-​ak-​ˈti-​və-​tē How to pronounce bioactivity (audio) \ noun

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Plants also contain a variety of phytochemicals—bioactive compounds including flavonoids, carotenoids, and polyphenols that, some studies suggest, may be linked to lower risk of chronic diseases like cancer and cardiovascular disease. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Does It Make a Difference if You Get Your Protein from Plants or Animals?," 28 Aug. 2019 The students also participate in designing and building bioactive naturalistic enclosures. John Benson,, "Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation announces creative project grants," 28 Aug. 2019 Donor milk carries contamination risks, and needs to be pasteurized to avoid the transmission of infection, a process that can reduce the bioactive components of human milk that are beneficial to preemies in the first place. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz Africa, "Kenya hopes its first human milk bank will save infants’ lives," 13 Aug. 2019 And help with weight management Recent research shows that bioactive compounds in peaches have anti-inflammatory and anti-obesity properties. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "8 Health Benefits of Peaches," 7 Aug. 2019 This suggests the fungus casts its mind control through bioactive compounds that interfere with the ant’s nervous system and control hosts directly at the muscles, de Bekker says. Jennifer Lu, National Geographic, "How a parasitic fungus turns ants into 'zombies'," 18 Apr. 2019 Its Japanese wild rose helps shrink the appearance of pores, while Hadasei-3, its bioactive trinity complex comprised of rice, green tea, and algae, reinvigorates the skin for a lit-from-within finish. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "5 Sunscreens That Will Also Give You a Glow," 15 May 2019 Only now, with the background knowledge that (a) bacteria make a lot of bioactive compounds, many of which do combat other microorganisms, and that (b) phages are a major scourge for bacteria, did researchers think to check. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Bacteria engage in chemical warfare against viruses," 5 Dec. 2018 Control blood sugar and blood pressure: Research has shown that bioactive peptides in salmon proteins may help keep these numbers in check. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Good Housekeeping, "Why Salmon Needs to Become a Part of Your Diet ASAP," 27 Mar. 2018

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1938, in the meaning defined above

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bio·​ac·​tive | \ -ˈak-tiv How to pronounce bioactive (audio) \

Medical Definition of bioactive

: having an effect on a living organism bioactive molecules bioactive pharmaceuticals and pesticides

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bioactivity \ -​ak-​ˈtiv-​ət-​ē How to pronounce bioactivity (audio) \ noun, plural bioactivities

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