phytonutrient

noun
phy·​to·​nu·​tri·​ent | \ ˌfī-tō-ˈnü-trē-ənt How to pronounce phytonutrient (audio) , -ˈnyü- \

Definition of phytonutrient

: a bioactive plant-derived compound (such as resveratrol) associated with positive health effects

Examples of phytonutrient in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Blueberries and strawberries contain anthocyanin (an-tho-SY-a-nin), a phytonutrient that may help dilate arteries, counter the buildup of plaque and reduce inflammation. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, 10 Apr. 2021 One disease-fighting phytonutrient in tomato products is lycopene. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, 14 Mar. 2021 Imagine using the phytonutrient dense water produced from growing algae to increase agriculture productivity as well as using the algae biomass to help feed the world’s growing population. Nav Athwal, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 Tea: Cilantro has a surprising number of health benefits including anti-inflammatory properties from a phytonutrient called quercetin and a significant dose of vitamin K which aids in blood clotting among other things. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 6 Feb. 2021 One disease-fighting agent in watermelon is a phytonutrient called lycopene. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, 5 Sep. 2020 Their skins are a surprisingly good source of lutein, a beneficial phytonutrient that may keep our eyes healthy. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, 16 Aug. 2020 Rich in vitamin C and fiber, blueberries also provide anthocyanin (an-tho-SY-a-nin), a phytonutrient which may help dilate arteries, counter the buildup of plaque, and reduce inflammation. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, 9 July 2020 In addition to fiber, these gems contain phytonutrients, which play a key role in gut and immune health. NBC News, 12 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of phytonutrient

1994, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phytonutrient

phyto- + nutrient entry 2

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The first known use of phytonutrient was in 1994

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6 Jun 2021

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“Phytonutrient.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phytonutrient. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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phytonutrient

noun
phy·​to·​nu·​tri·​ent | \ ˌfīt-ō-ˈn(y)ü-trē-ənt How to pronounce phytonutrient (audio) \

Medical Definition of phytonutrient

: a bioactive plant-derived compound (as resveratrol or sulforaphane) associated with positive health effects

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