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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.


the active chemical components, or constituents, present in a plant that account for its medicinal properties.


A chemical of plant origin, such as sulforaphane from cruciferous vegetables, alicin from garlic and onions, limonene from citrus fruits, isoflavones from beans, and ellagic acid from grapes. Phytochemicals may be useful for certain diseases (e.g., in chemoprevention of malignancy), immune stimulation, etc.


A biologically active but nonnutrient substance found in plants; includes antioxidants and phytosterols.
Synonym(s): bioactive nonnutrient, phytoprotectant.


a compound found in plants or plant-derived products.

Phyto-, as in phytochemical, phytomedicinal, and phytotherapy

Meaning, or pertaining to, a plant or plants.
Mentioned in: Herbalism, Western

phytochemical (fīˈ·tō·keˑ·m·kl),

n medicinally active chemical constituents derived from plants.
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The following, phytochemically similar groups of plant taxa host characteristic beetle guilds: Swartzieae (here treated as tribe incertae sedis), Bauhinia (Caesalpiniaceae), Detarieae - Amherstieae (Caesalpiniaceae), Andira - Hymenolobium Acosmium (tribes Sophoreae and Dalbergieae, Fabaceae), Machaerium-Paramachaerium (Dalbergieae, Fabaceae), Dipteryxeae (Fabaceae), and the family Mimosaceae.
Clinical trials using phytochemically validated herbal medicines in conjunction with pharmacological intervention such as anti-retrovirals are required to assess potential benefits in such a complex condition which often has many confounding co-morbidities.
The supplements taken by all patients included a multivitamin-mineral supplement designed for cancer patients and a phytochemically rich vegetable and fruit drink; other supplements included mixed carotenoids, melatonin, calcium-d-glucarate, reishi mushrooms, and green tea.
In addition to its focus on communicating the benefits of a colorful, phytochemically rich, plant-based diet, the institute is highlighting particular nutrient-rich fruits with proven health benefits as part of its new Superfoods Program.
Abstract: Croton draco (Euphorbiaceae) from Guadalupe, San Jose, Costa Rica was collected in July 1992 and phytochemically studied (leaves, seeds, wood, bark, sap and flowers separately).
Extracts of Chelidonii herba with different solvents were characterized phytochemically and functionally by experiments with HepG2 liver cells.
Phytochemically, the genus viburnum is rich in flavonoids, iridoids glycosides, sesquiterpenes, vibsane diterpenes and triterpenes [13-22].
The methanol and aqueous extracts were phytochemically screened for secondary metabolites such as Carbohydrates, Glycosides, Anthraquinone, Cardiac glycosides, Saponins, Steroids and Triterpenes, Flavonoids, Tannins and Alkaloids [16].
herba-alba revealed that both species are genetically and phytochemically different.
Muscadine Products Corporation describes itself as the world's first producer of phytochemically rich muscadine grape nutraceuticals and juice.
The cytotoxic effect of a phytochemically defined birch bark triterpene extract (TE) as well as different pentacyclic triterpenes was analyzed in cell culture, and revealed a moderate cytotoxicity on RC-37 cells.