bio·​ac·​tive ˌbī-ō-ˈak-tiv How to pronounce bioactive (audio)
: having an effect on a living organism
bioactive molecules
bioactivity noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This extract is a powerful, potent, and effective mushroom extract supplement produced entirely from whole fruiting bodies that has been fully extracted for bioactive components. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 16 Dec. 2022 Berberine is a bioactive compound extracted from various plants, including Oregon grape, barberry, goldenseal, Berberis vulgaris, and more. Dallas News, 17 Oct. 2022 Due to numerous bioactive compounds, consuming mushrooms might also support cognition, heart health and disease prevention. Jaclyn London, M.s., R.d., Good Housekeeping, 4 Jan. 2023 Mind Lab Pro uses a specific type of Bacopa monnieri with 24% bacosides and 9 bioactive compounds. Discover Magazine, 30 Nov. 2022 One study found slightly higher bioactive and free testosterone levels in men who took 3,332 IU of vitamin D daily for one year compared to a placebo group. Dallas News, 18 May 2022 Both coffee and tea have potent bioactive compounds such as caffeine, chlorogenic acid and others that play a protective role against chronic disease. Dr. Michael Daignault, USA TODAY, 16 Dec. 2022 Ginger tea is a favorite with singers to soothe their throats — the bioactive ingredients in it act as an anti-inflammatory and may also inhibit microorganisms that can lead to infection. Marisa Cohen, Good Housekeeping, 28 Oct. 2022 According to the current research, the fermentation process comes with many unknowns, from the various methods of tea extraction to the undefined compositions and effects of microorganisms on bioactive compounds from the tea. Valerie Agyeman, Good Housekeeping, 22 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bioactive was in 1938

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Cite this Entry

“Bioactive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition


bio·​ac·​tive -ˈak-tiv How to pronounce bioactive (audio)
: having an effect on a living organism
bioactive molecules
bioactive pharmaceuticals and pesticides
bioactivity noun
plural bioactivities
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