[ mak-roh-bahy-ot-ik ]
/ ˌmæk roʊ baɪˈɒt ɪk /


of or relating to macrobiotics or its dietary practices.
of, relating to, or serving macrobiotic food: a macrobiotic restaurant.
lengthening the life span.


a person who adheres to the principles of macrobiotics or who follows its dietary practices.

Origin of macrobiotic

First recorded in 1790–1800; macro- + biotic
Related formsmac·ro·bi·ot·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for macrobiotic


/ (ˌmækrəʊbaɪˈɒtɪk) /


of or relating to macrobiotics
of a diet comprising only food conforming to the principles of macrobiotics
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Word Origin and History for macrobiotic



also macro-biotic, "inclined to prolong life," 1797, from Greek makrobiotikos "long-lived," from makros "long" (see macro-) + bios "life" (see bio-). The specific reference to a Zen Buddhist dietary system dates from 1936.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper