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Ingredient (In-gree-dee-ent)

Ingredient is a term used in various fields, most notably in medicine, pharmacy, nutrition, and cooking. It refers to a component or constituent that forms part of a mixture or compound.


  • IPA: /ɪnˈɡriːdiənt/


The term "ingredient" originates from the Latin word ingredi, which means "to go in". It was first used in English in the 15th century.

In Medicine

In medicine, an ingredient refers to a substance that is part of a medicinal product. This can include both active ingredients, which have a therapeutic effect, and inactive ingredients, which serve as vehicles or binders.

In Pharmacy

In pharmacy, an ingredient is a component of a pharmaceutical product. This can include the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API), which is the substance responsible for the therapeutic effect, and the excipient, which helps deliver the API to the body.

In Nutrition

In nutrition, an ingredient is a substance that is used in the preparation of food. This can include macronutrients like proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, as well as micronutrients like vitamins and minerals.

In Cooking

In cooking, an ingredient is a substance that is used in the preparation of a dish. This can include a wide range of items, from basic staples like flour and sugar, to more exotic items like truffles and saffron.

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