- functionalIn addition to its special meanings in medicine and psychology, the primary meanings of functional are (1) ‘designed or intended to be practical rather than attractive’, a synonym of utilitarian, and (2) ‘having a function, working’. In the 1990s the word has been used in the second meaning to describe a type of food, originated in Japan, that contains health-promoting additives instead of the conventionally harmful ones:
• Functional foods are sometimes wrongly referred to in the media as ‘miracle foods’, implying they are something of a panacea, negating the need for a healthy diet —Grocer, 1996.
Modern English usage. 2014.
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