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Phytochemical (Code C28269)

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Preferred Name: Phytochemical

Definition: The term 'phyto' originated from a Greek word meaning plant. Phytonutrients are certain organic components of plants, and these components are thought to promote human health. Fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and teas are rich sources of phytonutrients. Unlike the traditional nutrients (protein, fat, vitamins, minerals), phytonutrients are not 'essential' for life, so some people prefer the term 'phytochemical'. (USDA Agricultural Research Service)

NCI-GLOSS Definition: A substance found in plants. Some phytochemicals may reduce the risk of cancer.

Label: Phytochemical

NCI Thesaurus Code: C28269 (Search for linked caDSR metadata)  (search value sets)

NCI Metathesaurus Link: C0577749  (see NCI Metathesaurus info)

Synonyms & Abbreviations: (see Synonym Details)

External Source Codes: 
PDQ Closed Trial Search ID 539361
PDQ Open Trial Search ID 539361 (check for NCI PDQ open clinical trial info)
UMLS CUI C0577749

Other Properties:
     Name Value (qualifiers indented underneath)
code C28269
Legacy_Concept_Name Phytochemical
Semantic_Type Classification
Semantic_Type Organic Chemical

Additional Concept Data: 
Defined Fully by Roles: No  


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