bio·​ac·​tive | \ ˌbī-ō-ˈak-tiv \

Definition of bioactive

: having an effect on a living organism bioactive molecules

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bioactivity \ ˌbī-​ō-​ak-​ˈti-​və-​tē \ noun

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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 These brothers made their own drink line, ZYN, that incorporates the bioactive component of the spice, curcumin. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Be MKE: The Trump gender gap in Wisconsin, Milwaukee St. Patrick's Day and Bumble bans guns," 14 Mar. 2018 Thanks to the antibacterial effects of bioactive phytochemicals, cinnamon could help clear breakouts, according to a 2015 review of studies. Julie Pennell, Good Housekeeping, "4 Deliciously Healthy Reasons to Love Cinnamon," 3 Jan. 2018 The ultrasound caused a release of bioactive compounds (which generally only mixes into liquor through the typical old slow process of aging). Sammy Nickalls, Esquire, "There's a Way to Age Whiskey In Days Instead of Years, According to Science," 14 Feb. 2017 Any ingested bioactive substance will come with risks and benefits. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "Vitamin B6 and B12 Supplements Appear to Cause Cancer in Men," 25 Aug. 2017 Their slime web contains several bioactive compounds that deter fish from eating them. National Geographic, "New Slime-Shooting Snail Found On Shipwreck," 5 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of bioactive

1938, in the meaning defined above

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bio·​ac·​tive | \ -ˈak-tiv \

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 \ noun, plural bioactivities

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