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

phy′to·chem′i·cal·ly adv.


1. (Chemistry) of or relating to phytochemistry or phytochemicals
2. (Botany) of or relating to phytochemistry or phytochemicals
3. (Chemistry) a chemical that occurs naturally in a plant
4. (Botany) a chemical that occurs naturally in a plant


(adj. ˌfaɪ təˈkɛm ɪ kəl; n. ˈfaɪ təˌkɛm-)
1. of or pertaining to phytochemistry or phytochemicals.
2. a chemical compound found in plants, believed to have health benefits in humans.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.phytochemical - a chemical substance obtained from plants that is biologically active but not nutritive
carotenoid - any of a class of highly unsaturated yellow to red pigments occurring in plants and animals
chemical, chemical substance - material produced by or used in a reaction involving changes in atoms or molecules
flavonoid - any of a large class of plant pigments having a chemical structure based on or similar to flavone
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We recommend these dark colored fruits and vegetables since these are naturally rich in phytochemicals that reduce oxidative stress and protect the brain from inflammation.
A traditional symbol of Christmas in Greece, pomegranates are a good source of blood-clotting vitamin K, tissue-repairing antioxidant vitamin C, and filling fiber, but they really stand out for their phytochemicals.
As consumers become increasingly discerning and demand personal care products that address their specific needs, the market for phytochemicals is receiving a massive boost.
During routine metabolic activities a variety of phytochemicals are produced in plants, such as primary metabolites (proteins, fats, carbohydrates) and secondary metabolites (flavonoids, Alkaloids, saponins, polyphenols, steroids, etc.
Plant foods contain many health-promoting substances, called phytochemicals, also known as "plant chemicals.
The synergistic effect of three phytochemicals, nonacosan-10-ol, 23a-homostigmast-5-en-3b-ol and cis- and trans- protopinium were assessed in four combinations and three concentrations (5, 50 and 100 u g ml-1) against Meloidogyne incognita, in vitro and in planta on the tomato cultivar Riogrande.
Phytochemicals that are rich in anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties may offer protection against developing this condition.
For synthesis of complex chemical compounds and drug preparations, a good knowledge of the phytochemicals and source is desirable (Mojab et al.
Dr Uthayashanker Ezekiel, associate professor of biomedical laboratory science at Saint Louis University, said the two compounds, called phytochemicals, could be useful in preventing colon cancer, which is often caused by lifestyle factors, such as diet.
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24), (25) Liu wrote, " the additive and synergistic effects of phytochemicals in fruit and vegetables are responsible for their potent antioxidant and anticancer activities, and that the benefit of a diet rich in fruit and vegetables is attributed to the complex mixture of phytochemicals present in whole foods.
Dietary phytochemicals offer nontoxic therapeutic management as well as chemopreventive intervention for slow-growing prostate cancers.