cod-liver oil

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cod-liv·​er oil

Definition of cod-liver oil 

: an oil obtained from the liver of the cod and closely related fishes and used as a source of vitamins A and D

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The scientists gave patients scheduled for knee-replacement surgery either 1,000 milligrams of cod-liver oil or placebo. Houston Chronicle, "Old wives’ remedy helped arthritis pain," 1 July 2018 Many doctors perceive the use of cod-liver oil for joint pain as an old wives' tale. Houston Chronicle, "Old wives’ remedy helped arthritis pain," 1 July 2018

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1783, in the meaning defined above

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cod-liver oil

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English Language Learners Definition of cod-liver oil

: an oil from the liver of cod that is used in medicine as a source of vitamin A and D

cod-liver oil

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Medical Definition of cod-liver oil 

: a pale yellow fatty oil obtained from the liver of the cod (Gadus morhua) and related fishes and used in medicine (as in the prophylaxis of rickets) chiefly as a source of vitamins A and D — compare fish-liver oil

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