phy·​to·​nu·​tri·​ent ˌfī-tō-ˈnü-trē-ənt How to pronounce phytonutrient (audio)
: a bioactive plant-derived compound (such as resveratrol) associated with positive health effects

Examples of phytonutrient in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Switching up between green and red varieties helps add a variety of phytonutrients to your diet. Treehugger Editors, Treehugger, 7 Sep. 2023 These phytonutrients are impressive antioxidants, helping to reduce inflammation throughout the body and ward off disease-causing free radicals. Christina Manian, Rdn, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Sep. 2023 Mustard greens are a gold mine of vitamins K, C, and A, along with folic acid, phytonutrients and essential minerals. Treehugger Editors, Treehugger, 7 Sep. 2023 Other types of bread remove the germ and bran from grain kernels in manufacturing, which gets rid of important vitamins, minerals, fibers and phytonutrients, which prevent cell damage. Clare Mulroy, USA TODAY, 16 Apr. 2023 Inside those bright red orbs are more than 30 phytonutrients with anti-inflammatory or antioxidant effects. Jessie Shafer, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Aug. 2023 These organic ingredients not only contribute to the overall nutritional value but also provide additional antioxidants and phytonutrients that support maternal health and promote a healthy pregnancy. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 13 Aug. 2023 Some smart choices include: Carrots Green beans Oranges Strawberries This bright stuff contains carotenoids, which are immunity-boosting phytonutrients, says William Sears, MD, author of The Family Nutrition Book. Sandra Gordon, Parents, 31 July 2023 It's enriched with skin-loving phytonutrients and vitamins C, E, and K, promoting skin health and a radiant glow, while soothing and conditioning with essential fatty acids, and combatting visible signs of aging. Sarah Bradley, Health, 8 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


phyto- + nutrient entry 2

First Known Use

1994, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of phytonutrient was in 1994

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“Phytonutrient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


phy·​to·​nu·​tri·​ent ˌfīt-ō-ˈn(y)ü-trē-ənt How to pronounce phytonutrient (audio)
: a bioactive plant-derived compound (as resveratrol or sulforaphane) associated with positive health effects
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