phytochemical

[ fahy-tuh-kem-i-kuhl ]
/ ˌfaɪ təˈkɛm ɪ kəl /

noun

Also called phytonutrient. any of various bioactive chemical compounds found in plants, as antioxidants, considered to be beneficial to human health.

adjective

of or relating to phytochemistry or phytochemicals.

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OTHER WORDS FROM phytochemical

phy·to·chem·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for phytochemical

phytochemical
/ (ˌfaɪtəʊˈkɛmɪkəl) /

adjective

of or relating to phytochemistry or phytochemicals

noun

a chemical that occurrs naturally in a plant
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Medical definitions for phytochemical

phytochemical
[ fī′tō-kĕmĭ-kəl ]

n.

A nonnutritive bioactive plant substance, such as a flavonoid or carotenoid, considered to have a beneficial effect on human health.
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Scientific definitions for phytochemical

phytochemical
[ fī′tō-kĕmĭ-kəl ]

A plant-derived chemical that is not considered an essential nutrient in the human diet but is believed to have beneficial health effects.
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