[fahy-teyt] /ˈfaɪ teɪt/

noun, Chemistry, Biochemistry.
a salt or ester of , occurring in plants, especially cereal grains, capable of forming insoluble complexes with calcium, zinc, iron, and other nutrients and interfering with their absorption by the body.


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