phytochemical

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adjective

phy·​to·​chem·​i·​cal ˌfī-tō-ˈke-mi-kəl How to pronounce phytochemical (audio)
: of, relating to, or being phytochemistry
phytochemically adverb

phytochemical

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noun

: a chemical compound (such as beta-carotene) occurring naturally in plants

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Again, more research is needed, but barley has a phytochemical called phytosterols. Lisa Bain, Good Housekeeping, 21 Aug. 2020 Blind tasting puts Louisville to the test Other sources of antioxidants include vitamins A, C, and E, the mineral selenium, and the phytochemical lycopene found in tomatoes. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 5 Apr. 2018 Particularly high in Vitamin C, kohlrabi’s rich phytochemical content makes it a disease fighting powerhouse. Katie Cavuto, Ms, Rd, Philly.com, 28 June 2017
Noun
Glucosinolate, the sulfur-containing phytochemical that causes the bitter taste, helps fight cancer. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 6 Feb. 2022 Eat a lot of veggies and use all kinds and colors to get the broadest range of nutrients, phytochemicals and fiber. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 14 Apr. 2020 This is a weekly routine to minimize waste and maximize nutrition from the ingredients — vegetable peels and skin have phytochemicals that boost immunity. New York Times, 20 Mar. 2020 Certain antioxidant phytochemicals — natural compounds in plant foods that have demonstrated health benefits for humans — found in grains, fruits, and vegetables may also become more bioavailable during fermentation. Carrie Dennett, Washington Post, 8 Jan. 2020 Naturally-occurring phytochemicals in apples have been implicated as possible disease fighters, according to some research. Barbara Quinn, chicagotribune.com, 11 Oct. 2019 Plants also contain a variety of phytochemicals—bioactive compounds including flavonoids, carotenoids, and polyphenols that, some studies suggest, may be linked to lower risk of chronic diseases like cancer and cardiovascular disease. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 28 Aug. 2019 The phytochemicals — many of which are antioxidants — that are abundant in whole grains fight inflammation. Jenna Birch, Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2019 What's more, oats are rich in phytochemicals, which are powerful antioxidant compounds that have been linked with cancer-fighting properties. 2. Good Housekeeping, 15 Oct. 2018 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

phyto- + chemical entry 1, probably after New Latin phytochemicus or German phytochemisch

Noun

phyto- + chemical entry 2

First Known Use

Adjective

circa 1858, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1966, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of phytochemical was circa 1858

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Cite this Entry

“Phytochemical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phytochemical. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

phytochemical 1 of 2

adjective

phy·​to·​chem·​i·​cal -ˈkem-i-kəl How to pronounce phytochemical (audio)
: of, relating to, or being phytochemistry
phytochemically adverb

phytochemical

2 of 2

noun

: a chemical compound (as a carotenoid or phytosterol) occurring naturally in plants
especially : phytonutrient

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