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Definition of "phytochemical" [phy•to•chem•ic•al]

  • Of or relating to phytochemistry. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to phytochemicals. (adjective)
  • A nonnutritive bioactive plant substance, such as a flavonoid or carotenoid, considered to have a beneficial effect on human health. Also called phytonutrient. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "phytochemical" in a sentence
  • "Scientists behind the research say that the fruit contains naturally occurring chemical, known as a phytochemical, called Ellagic acid, which prevents cancer cells from developing."
  • "Heather K. Vincent, Ph. D., the lead author of the study, said that using what is known as a phytochemical index, which compares the number of calories consumed from plant-based foods compared with the overall number of daily calories, could also help people make sure they remember to get enough phytochemicals during their regular meals and snacks."
  • "Scientifically it has become renowned for its content of Lycopene, a phytochemical which is a highly effective anti-oxidant and thereby helps prevent cancers."