Protective coloring

Related to Protective coloring: cryptic coloration
(Zool.) coloring which serves for the concealment and preservation of a living organism. Cf. Mimicry.

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Phytochemicals are chemical compounds whose primary function is to provide protective coloring, odor, texture or taste to the plants in which they are found -- and when ingested may help protect our bodies again disease.
Indeed, because modern medical practice strips patients so mercilessly of any sense of privacy, mystery, or dignity, patients and their families may need to hold on more than ever to the protective coloring of their personal myths.