Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to phytochemistry.
  • adj. Of or relating to phytochemicals.
  • n. A nonnutritive bioactive plant substance, such as a flavonoid or carotenoid, considered to have a beneficial effect on human health. Also called phytonutrient.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any chemical substance characteristic of plants.
  • n. Any chemical or nutrient derived from a plant source; a phytonutrient.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to phytochemistry

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Relating to phytochemistry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining or relating to phytochemistry.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a chemical substance obtained from plants that is biologically active but not nutritive

Etymologies

From phyto- +‎ chemical (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Scientists behind the research say that the fruit contains naturally occurring chemical, known as a phytochemical, called Ellagic acid, which prevents cancer cells from developing.

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  • Heather K. Vincent, Ph. D., the lead author of the study, said that using what is known as a phytochemical index, which compares the number of calories consumed from plant-based foods compared with the overall number of daily calories, could also help people make sure they remember to get enough phytochemicals during their regular meals and snacks.

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  • Scientifically it has become renowned for its content of Lycopene, a phytochemical which is a highly effective anti-oxidant and thereby helps prevent cancers.

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  • Because it is nectar, it has every other kind of phytochemical that plants manufacture.

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  • It's the latest plant-derived compound or 'phytochemical' to have been identified, extracted and sold in bottles and jars in health-food shops.

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  • Why they’re important: Red foods -- such as tomatoes and red peppers -- contain lycopene, a phytochemical that may help protect against prostate and breast cancers.

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  • Miso contains a phytochemical called genistein that scientists have discovered performs the almost miraculous feat of cutting off blood flow to cancerous tumors, thus suffocating them.

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  • Rich with a phytochemical called flavanol, found by a 2005 study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology to improve cardiovascular health, chocolate with at least 60% cocoa content should be a regular on your shopping list.

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  • In some cases the phytochemical components that provide the greatest cancer-preventing activity are present only in a few, very specific fruits and vegetables.

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  • Chia seeds are also a good source of bone-building minerals, including calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, and contain a high level of lignans, phytochemical compounds that act as phytoestrogens.

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