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 bioactive (audio) \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Chava discovered his passion for chemistry in college, which led him to a Ph.D. in bioactive marine natural products and his initial career as a university lecturer. Anu Raghunathan, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 This is partly because antioxidants work in synergy with one another and with other bioactive compounds. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, 10 June 2021 Oats contain a significant amount of bioactive phytonutrients including phenolics, polyphenols, avenanthramides, and tocochromanols. Serena Coady, Glamour, 26 May 2021 That research focuses on the potential of bioactive compounds, which are substances that have the ability to influence biological processes and may promote good health by influencing things like metabolism or inflammation in the body. Amanda Morris, The Arizona Republic, 5 May 2021 Aside from their nutritious and richness of bioactive substances, researchers in the U.S. found that Asparagopsis taxiformis a red algae growing in the tropics, can inhibit the development of methane in the stomach of cows up to 80%. Daniela De Lorenzo, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 However, most of these benefits come from curcumin, a bioactive compound and the main active ingredient in turmeric. Angela Watson,, 19 Mar. 2021 Its main bioactive compound is gingerol, which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Nancy Clanton, ajc, 27 Jan. 2021 In a study published in the journal Food & Function, researchers summarize the protective effects of spinach, based on the activity of its naturally occurring phytochemicals and bioactive compounds. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, 18 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of bioactive

1938, in the meaning defined above

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“Bioactive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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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 bioactive (audio) \ noun, plural bioactivities


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