phytoestrogens

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phy·to·es·tro·gens

(fī'tō-es'trŏ-jenz)
Plant extracts that act in the body like weak estrogens.
Synonym(s): phyto-oestrogens.

Phytoestrogens

Compounds found in plants that can mimic the effects of estrogen in the body.
Mentioned in: Premenstrual Syndrome

phytoestrogens,

n.pl plant-derived estrogen analogs.

phytoestrogens

substances with activity as estrogens produced in plants. Includes isoflavones and coumestans. Most of these agents undergo major changes in the rumen, the agents becoming much more potent as a result of the change, e.g. formononetin, which has very little activity is converted to a potent estrogen.
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