phytoestrogen

noun
phy·to·es·tro·gen | \ ˌfī-tō-ˈe-strə-jən \

Definition of phytoestrogen 

: a chemical compound (such as genistein) that occurs naturally in plants and has estrogenic properties

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High in phytoestrogens, a tea of the plant’s leaves and flowers is used to control hot flashes, breast tenderness, and other symptoms of menopause. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "8 Weeds You Should Actually Let Grow In Your Yard," 28 July 2016 However, because there's some evidence that phytoestrogens can have the opposite effect on breast cancer, go easy on it. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "8 Backyard Weeds You Can Actually Eat," 3 Apr. 2017 The idea that plant hormones—such as genistein, the primary phytoestrogen in soy—can interfere with mammalian development is not new. Deborah Blum, Slate Magazine, "Are We Experimenting on Our Children With Soy Formula?," 3 Aug. 2017 Research shows that soy milk and soy formula contain up to 4,500 times the level of phytoestrogens found in cow’s milk or breast milk. Deborah Blum, Slate Magazine, "Are We Experimenting on Our Children With Soy Formula?," 3 Aug. 2017 With her background in the beauty industry, Cecil Booth was able to work with some of the top scientists in the field to formulate the phytoestrogen combination that would result in the greatest benefit for your skin. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville sisters turn back the clock with line of anti-aging products," 18 Aug. 2017

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1964, in the meaning defined above

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phytoestrogen

noun
phy·to·es·tro·gen | \ -ˈes-trə-jən \
variants: or chiefly British phyto-oestrogen

Medical Definition of phytoestrogen 

: a chemical compound (as genistein) that occurs naturally in plants and has estrogenic properties

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