antioxidant

Pronunciation: (AN-tee-OK-sih-dent)

A substance that protects cells from the damage caused by free radicals (unstable molecules made by the process of oxidation during normal metabolism). Free radicals may play a part in cancer, heart disease, stroke, and other diseases of aging. Antioxidants include beta-carotene, lycopene, vitamins A, C, and E, and other natural and manufactured substances.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Date last modified: 2006-08-24