nutraceutical

[ noo-truh-soo-ti-kuhl ]
/ ˌnu trəˈsu tɪ kəl /

noun

a bioactive compound occurring as a food component, additive, or product, including vitamins, dietary fiber, herbal extracts, carotenoids, and probiotics: nutraceuticals are said to promote health and well-being, allegedly helping in the prevention and treatment of disease.

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Origin of nutraceutical

Blend of nutrient and pharmaceutical; coined by Stephen DeFelice, U.S. endocrinologist, in 1989
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British Dictionary definitions for nutraceutical

nutraceutical
/ (ˌnjuːtrəˈsjuːtɪkəl) /

noun

another name for functional food
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Medical definitions for nutraceutical

nutraceutical
[ nōōtrə-sōō′tĭ-kəl ]

n.

A food or naturally occurring food supplement thought to have a beneficial effect on human health.
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