riboflavin


ri·bo·fla·vin

noun \ˌrī-bə-ˈflā-vən, ˈrī-bə-ˌ\

: a natural substance (called a vitamin) that is found in certain foods (such as milk, eggs, and leafy vegetables) and that helps your body to be healthy

Full Definition of RIBOFLAVIN

:  a yellow crystalline compound C17H20N4O6 of the vitamin B complex that occurs both free (as in milk) and combined (as in liver) as a component of coenzymes (as FMN) which are essential to normal metabolism —called also vitamin B2

Origin of RIBOFLAVIN

International Scientific Vocabulary ribo- + Latin flavus yellow — more at blue
First Known Use: 1935

Rhymes with RIBOFLAVIN

ri·bo·fla·vin

noun \ˌrī-bə-ˈflā-vən, ˈrī-bə-ˌ\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of RIBOFLAVIN

: a yellow crystalline compound C17H20N4O6 that is a growth-promoting member of the vitamin B complex and occurs both free (as in milk) and combined (as in liver)—called also lactoflavin, ovoflavin, vitamin B2

Variants of RIBOFLAVIN

ri·bo·fla·vin also ri·bo·fla·vine \-ˌvēn\

riboflavin

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Yellow, water-soluble organic compound, abundant in whey and egg white. It has a complex structure incorporating three rings. Green plants and most microorganisms can synthesize it; animals need to acquire it in their diet. It exists in combined forms as coenzymes and functions in the metabolism of carbohydrates and amino acids. A syndrome resembling pellagra is thought to result from riboflavin deficiency. See also flavin.

Variants of RIBOFLAVIN

riboflavin or vitamin B2

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