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: 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
: 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
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 alsoflavin.