calciferol

noun
cal·​cif·​er·​ol | \ kal-ˈsi-fə-ˌrȯl How to pronounce calciferol (audio) , -ˌrōl \

Definition of calciferol

: 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

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Recent Examples on the Web And there's some evidence to back his recommendation up: The NIH says vitamin D—a fat-soluble vitamin known as calciferol and produced naturally by your body—can help strengthen bones, reduce inflammation, and help with immune function. Amber Brenza, Health.com, "Donald Trump's COVID-19 Treatment Plan: What to Know About The President's Medications," 5 Oct. 2020 Backing up a second here: Vitamin D, aka calciferol, is a fat-soluble vitamin that’s naturally present in a few foods, like fatty fish, beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks, per the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements (NIH). Korin Miller, Health.com, "Dr. Fauci Says It's Fine to Take Vitamins C and D to Help Boost Your Immune System—Here's What to Know," 14 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of calciferol

1931, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for calciferol

calciferous + ergosterol

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“Calciferol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calciferol. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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calciferol

noun
cal·​cif·​er·​ol | \ kal-ˈsif-ə-ˌrȯl, -ˌrōl How to pronounce calciferol (audio) \

Medical Definition of calciferol

: 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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