phytochemistry

noun

phy·​to·​chem·​is·​try ˌfī-tō-ˈke-mə-strē How to pronounce phytochemistry (audio)
: the chemistry of plants, plant processes, and plant products
phytochemist noun

Word History

Etymology

phyto- + chemistry, perhaps after New Latin phytochemia or German Phytochemie

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of phytochemistry was in 1837

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“Phytochemistry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phytochemistry. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

phytochemistry

noun
phy·​to·​chem·​is·​try -ˈkem-ə-strē How to pronounce phytochemistry (audio)
plural phytochemistries
: the chemistry of plants, plant processes, and plant products

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