phytoalexin

[fahy-toh-uh-lek-sin]
noun Biochemistry.
  1. any of a class of plant compounds that accumulate at the site of invading microorganisms and confer resistance to disease.

Origin of phytoalexin

First recorded in 1945–50; phyto- + alexin
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British Dictionary definitions for phytoalexin

phytoalexin

noun
  1. botany any of a group of substances produced by plants that inhibit the growth of pathogenic fungi that infect them

Word Origin for phytoalexin

C20: from phyto- + Greek alexein to ward off
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