antioxidant

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antioxidant   (ān'tē-ŏk'sĭ-dənt, ān'tī-)  Pronunciation Key 
A chemical compound or substance that inhibits oxidation. Certain vitamins, such as vitamin E, are antioxidants and may protect body cells from damage caused by the oxidative effects of free radicals.
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