vitamin C


vitamin C

noun

Definition of VITAMIN C

:  a water-soluble vitamin C6H8O6 found in plants and especially in fruits and leafy vegetables or made synthetically and used in the prevention and treatment of scurvy and as an antioxidant for foods —called also ascorbic acid

First Known Use of VITAMIN C

circa 1920

vitamin C

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of VITAMIN C

: a water-soluble vitamin C6H8O6 found in plants and especially in fruits and leafy vegetables or made synthetically and used in the prevention and treatment of scurvy and as an antioxidant for foods—called also ascorbic acid

vitamin C

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Water-soluble organic compound important in animal metabolism. Most animals produce it in their bodies, but humans, other primates, and guinea pigs need it in the diet to prevent scurvy. It is essential in collagen synthesis, wound healing, blood-vessel maintenance, and immunity. Some studies have found a moderate benefit of vitamin C in reducing the duration and severity of the common cold. It works as an antioxidant in the body and is used as a preservative. It is easily destroyed by oxygen. Excellent sources are citrus fruits and fresh vegetables.

Variants of VITAMIN C

vitamin C or ascorbic acid

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