nu·​tra·​ceu·​ti·​cal ˌnü-trə-ˈsü-ti-kəl How to pronounce nutraceutical (audio)
variants or less commonly nutriceutical
: a foodstuff (such as a fortified food or dietary supplement) that provides health benefits in addition to its basic nutritional value

Examples of nutraceutical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So the advancement of nutraceuticals and supplements will appeal to you on an emotional level. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 22 Aug. 2023 Beyond postmarket regulation, nutraceuticals do not have these guardrails. The Editors, Scientific American, 1 June 2023 Right now no federal agency fully oversees the clinical testing and chemical verification of nutraceuticals in the U.S., and these products are often plagued by quality and safety problems. The Editors, Scientific American, 1 June 2023 Braun appointed Marsalek, who was then twenty-nine, as the new C.O.O. Marsalek sought out new, scammy business partners in the unregulated world of nutraceuticals—açai-berry powder, weight-loss tea. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, 27 Feb. 2023 Supplements & medications Pets with mild to moderate anxiety may benefit from nutraceuticals—dietary supplements that also help with treating a variety of conditions—which can often be purchased over the counter or at a vet’s office. Hannah Harper,, 15 Apr. 2020 These substances are variously called nootropics, neurotropics, or nutraceuticals, none of which are very accurate names. Richard Cooke, The New Republic, 3 Sep. 2019 The lines between industries such as Big Pharma and Big Food are blurring—witness the growth of nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals. The Economist, 11 July 2019 So a lot of those companies either failed or tried to pivot to what is already a great business for algae, which is high-value products like food, nutraceuticals, proteins. Lynn Brezosky, San Antonio Express-News, 27 June 2018 See More

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Word History


nutritive + (pharm)aceutical entry 2

First Known Use

1990, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nutraceutical was in 1990

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Cite this Entry

“Nutraceutical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


variants also nutriceutical
: a foodstuff (as a fortified food or a dietary supplement) that is held to provide health or medical benefits in addition to its basic nutritional value

called also functional food

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