ascorbic acid


ascor·​bic acid ə-ˈskȯr-bik- How to pronounce ascorbic acid (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The most common form of vitamin C in supplements is called ascorbic acid. Sarah Anzlovar, Ms, Verywell Health, 23 Mar. 2023 Here’s one to memorize: L-ascorbic acid. Glamour, 9 June 2022 Antioxidants include alpha-lipoic acid (ALA), L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and niacinamide (B3 vitamin). Alex Zhavoronkov, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 Often considered the gold standard vitamin C serum, this utilizes a blend of l-ascorbic acid, ferulic acid, and vitamin E to address concerns like sagging, dullness, and pigmentation. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 16 Mar. 2023 Harsh ingredients: Things like alcohol, fragrances, and overused active ingredients like L-ascorbic acid, glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids can cause damage to the skin barrier, Dr. Geria says. April Benshosan, Women's Health, 23 Feb. 2023 Peptide 24 Eye Cream contains niacinamide (vitamin B3) and ascorbic acid (vitamin C) which are two ingredients that can help slow down signs of aging and the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Pooja Shah, Allure, 25 Oct. 2022 Yet, decades of clinical trials on the benefits of high doses of vitamin C (aka ascorbic acid in its natural form) show mixed and quite limited results in actual effectiveness, particularly for the general population. Tree Meinch, Discover Magazine, 20 Jan. 2023 In addition to providing antioxidant benefits, ascorbic acid promotes the production of collagen to fight signs of aging, and serves to brighten the skin. Dallas News, 30 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary a- + New Latin scorbutus scurvy — more at scorbutic

First Known Use

1933, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ascorbic acid was in 1933

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“Ascorbic acid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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ascorbic acid

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ascorbic acid

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