xenobiotic

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

xeno- +‎ biotic

Adjective[edit]

xenobiotic ‎(comparative more xenobiotic, superlative most xenobiotic)

  1. Of or pertaining to xenobiosis.
  2. (biology) Relating to a substance foreign to the body or ecological system.

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Noun[edit]

xenobiotic ‎(plural xenobiotics)

  1. (biology) Any foreign compound not produced by an organism's metabolism.
    • 2016 February 17, “Anthocyanins in Strawberry Polyphenolic Extract Enhance the Beneficial Effects of Diets with Fructooligosaccharides in the Rat Cecal Environment”, in PLOS ONE[1], DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0149081:
      This enzyme is characteristic of harmful bacteria species, and it has deconjugative properties that support the transformation of xenobiotics into more toxic substances.

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