phytoalexin

noun
phy·​to·​alex·​in | \ ˌfī-tō-ə-ˈlek-sən How to pronounce phytoalexin (audio) \

Definition of phytoalexin

: any of various antimicrobial chemical substances produced by plants to combat infection by a pathogen (such as a fungus)

First Known Use of phytoalexin

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phytoalexin

International Scientific Vocabulary phyt- + alexin substance combating infection, from Greek alexein to ward off, protect; akin to Sanskrit rakṣati he protects

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“Phytoalexin.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phytoalexin. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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