Definition of phytoestrogen in English:

phytoestrogen

noun

Biochemistry
  • An estrogen occurring naturally in legumes, considered beneficial in some diets.

    • ‘This danger can be avoided by getting your phytoestrogens naturally from a variety of whole foods, rather than from supplements or concentrated tablets.’
    • ‘There is increasing evidence that dietary phytoestrogens have a beneficial role in chronic renal disease.’
    • ‘Although men don't produce estrogen, the addition of soy and phytoestrogen to their diets can help improve their cardiovascular health, and soy appears to help prevent prostate cancer by inhibiting the growth of cancer cells.’
    • ‘One type of phytoestrogen is isoflavone, found in a variety of legumes.’
    • ‘It is thought that the weaker phytoestrogens can compete for estrogen receptors with the more potent endogenous estrogens thereby decreasing the overall estrogenic activity when it is deemed to be too high.’

Pronunciation

phytoestrogen

/ˌfīdōˈestrəjən//ˌfaɪdoʊˈɛstrədʒən/