adaptogen

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adaptogen (əˈdæptədʒən)
 
n
any of various natural substances used in herbal medicine to normalize and regulate the systems of the body
 
[C20: from adapt + -gen]

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Main Entry:  adaptogen
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  any of various natural substances that work through the adrenal glands to produce adjustments in the body to combat stress and increase resistance to stress, and which usually produce no side effects
Example:  Adaptogens such as the herbs garlic, ginseng, echinacea, ginkgo, goldenseal, and taheebo are natural substances that benefit the body.
Etymology:  Greek adapto 'to adjust' and the suffix gen 'producing'
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