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calciferol

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noun cal·cif·er·ol \kal-ˈsi-fə-ˌrȯl, -ˌrōl\

Definition of calciferol

  1. :  an alcohol C28H43OH usually prepared by irradiation of ergosterol and used as a dietary supplement in nutrition and medicinally in the control of rickets and related disorders —called also vitamin D2



Origin and Etymology of calciferol

calciferous + ergosterol


First Known Use: 1931


Medical Dictionary

calciferol

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noun cal·cif·er·ol \kal-ˈsif-ə-ˌrȯl, -ˌrōl\

Medical Definition of calciferol

  1. :  an alcohol C28H43OH usually prepared by irradiation of ergosterol and used as a dietary supplement in nutrition and medicinally especially in the control of rickets—called also ergocalciferol, viosterol, vitamin D, vitamin D2; see drisdol




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