phytochemical

adjective
phy·​to·​chem·​i·​cal | \ ˌfī-tō-ˈke-mi-kəl How to pronounce phytochemical (audio) \

Definition of phytochemical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or being phytochemistry

phytochemical

noun

Definition of phytochemical (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from phytochemical

Adjective

phytochemically \ ˌfī-​tō-​ˈke-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce phytochemically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of phytochemical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Again, more research is needed, but barley has a phytochemical called phytosterols. Lisa Bain, Good Housekeeping, "7 Impressive Health Benefits of Barley That Might Surprise You," 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, "Free radicals, antioxidants and why you should maybe drink more red wine," 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, "7 foods you should eat more of this summer," 28 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Eat a lot of veggies and use all kinds and colors to get the broadest range of nutrients, phytochemicals and fiber. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Mediterranean diet slows cognitive impairment, studies say," 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, "How Marie Kondo Declutters During a Pandemic," 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, "Fermented foods such as kombucha are trendy, but they’re not necessarily probiotics," 8 Jan. 2020 Naturally-occurring phytochemicals in apples have been implicated as possible disease fighters, according to some research. Barbara Quinn, chicagotribune.com, "Quinn on Nutrition: An apple a day," 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, "Does It Make a Difference if You Get Your Protein from Plants or Animals?," 28 Aug. 2019 The phytochemicals — many of which are antioxidants — that are abundant in whole grains fight inflammation. Jenna Birch, Washington Post, "A primer on whole grains: What they are, why they’re important and how to find them," 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, "4 Reasons Why Oatmeal Is the Ultimate Breakfast," 15 Oct. 2018 Walnuts, especially, contain high amounts of polyphenols, phytochemicals that have antioxidant properties. Allison Horton, miamiherald, "Want to reduce your odds of getting cancer? Stay active, lose weight and eat healthy," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of phytochemical

Adjective

circa 1858, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1966, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phytochemical

Adjective

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

Noun

phyto- + chemical entry 2

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The first known use of phytochemical was circa 1858

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29 Aug 2020

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“Phytochemical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phytochemical. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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phytochemical

adjective
phy·​to·​chem·​i·​cal | \ -ˈkem-i-kəl How to pronounce phytochemical (audio) \

Medical Definition of phytochemical

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: of, relating to, or being phytochemistry

Other Words from phytochemical

phytochemically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce phytochemically (audio) \ adverb

phytochemical

noun

Medical Definition of phytochemical (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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