Also called phytonutrient. any of various bioactive chemical compounds found in plants, as antioxidants, considered to be beneficial to human health.
of or relating to phytochemistry or phytochemicals.
- phy·to·chem·i·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use phytochemical in a sentence
He poo-poos the importance of phytochemicals, but (as reported by The New Yorker) once tried to live on an all-kale diet.
It indicates the presence of ripe fruit, which comes with fiber and lots of important nutrients and phytochemicals.It’s the End of the World Unless We All Start Cooking | Rachel Khong | April 23, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for phytochemical
of or relating to phytochemistry or phytochemicals
a chemical that occurrs naturally in a plant
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Scientific definitions for phytochemical
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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