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

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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

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 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

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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 How to pronounce phytochemical (audio) \

Medical Definition of phytochemical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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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