nu·​tra·​ceu·​ti·​cal | \ ˌnü-trə-ˈsü-ti-kəl How to pronounce nutraceutical (audio) \
variants: or less commonly nutriceutical

Definition of nutraceutical

: 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 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,, "Have a Stressed Out Pet? Here Are 4 Ways to Help," 15 Apr. 2020 These substances are variously called nootropics, neurotropics, or nutraceuticals, none of which are very accurate names. Richard Cooke, The New Republic, "The conservative commentariat’s love affair with nootropics," 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, "The business of the body," 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, "Remote Texas algae farm grows a food for the future," 27 June 2018 Black has accounts with compounding pharmacies that sell and supply him with nutraceuticals under that license. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Feeling the drip, drip, drip of the mobile IV craze," 13 June 2018 Awbrey, now 60, turned to an organization that helps people get off addictive drugs with tapering suggestions, nutraceuticals (medicinal food products) and other support. Janice Neumann, ajc, "Doctors don't provide enough information about the side effects of drugs," 29 July 2017 Awbrey, now 60, turned to an organization that helps people get off addictive drugs with tapering suggestions, nutraceuticals (medicinal food products) and other support. Janice Neumann, Washington Post, "Doctors often don’t tell you about drug side effects, and that’s a problem," 29 July 2017

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First Known Use of nutraceutical

1990, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nutraceutical

nutritive + (pharm)aceutical entry 2

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“Nutraceutical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nutraceutical

technical : a specially treated food, vitamin, mineral, herb, etc., that you eat or drink in order to improve your health


variants: also nutriceutical \ ˌn(y)ü-​trə-​ˈsü-​ti-​kəl \

Medical Definition of nutraceutical

: 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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