phytochemical

adjective
phy·​to·​chem·​i·​cal | \ˌfī-tō-ˈke-mi-kəl \

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 \ adverb

Examples of phytochemical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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

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 Second, caffeine and other phytochemicals have specific effects on enzymes that regulate liver function, insulin and glucose metabolism, and DNA repair. Kendall Powell, Washington Post, "After poring over all the evidence, experts declare coffee is (mostly) good for you," 4 Feb. 2018 Blueberries: Contain phytochemicals called anthocyanins, which give the berries their blue color. Allison Horton, miamiherald, "Want to reduce your odds of getting cancer? Stay active, lose weight and eat healthy | Miami Herald," 25 May 2018 The peels contain a lot of nutrients, from vitamin C to disease-fighting phytochemicals, shows a study by researchers in India. Amy Gorin, NBC News, "9 delicious ways to cut down on food waste," 14 May 2018 Grapefruit: Contains phytochemicals, which can have antioxidants and provide cell protection. Allison Horton, miamiherald, "Want to reduce your odds of getting cancer? Stay active, lose weight and eat healthy | Miami Herald," 25 May 2018 Fruits and veggies are rich in fiber, nutrients, phytochemicals, and antioxidants that have been shown to fight everything from heart disease, cancers, and stroke to diabetes and poor vision. Joan Salge Blake, BostonGlobe.com, "Fruit and veggie gadgets that can change your life," 21 May 2018 Blueberries are among the top antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, packed with phytochemicals that protect our cells from damage by free radicals, compounds that are linked to cancer and aging. Molly Kimball, NOLA.com, "Why you should eat blueberries every day (or at least regularly)," 15 May 2018 Vinson’s research has shown that a serving of popcorn contains roughly double the amount of polyphenols as a serving of fruit (although fruit may have different or more numerous amounts of other vitamins and healthy phytochemicals). Markham Heid, Time, "You Asked: What’s the Healthiest Way to Make Popcorn?," 28 Mar. 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

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phytochemical

adjective
phy·​to·​chem·​i·​cal | \-ˈkem-i-kəl \

Medical Definition of phytochemical 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or being phytochemistry

Other Words from phytochemical

phytochemically \-​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ 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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