One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An insoluble salt of phytic acid with calcium and magnesium, found in plant tissues, especially cereals. Also more generally: the acid itself. Also (Phytin, †Phytine): a pharmaceutical preparation containing this substance, formerly used as a tonic.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in The British Medical Journal. From ancient Greek ϕυτόν plant + -in, after German Phytin.
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