cod-liver oil

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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Recent Examples on the Web Similar products followed, but most people used homemade recipes with affordable ingredients such as canned milk and Karo syrup, and supplemented babies’ diets with orange juice and cod-liver oil to prevent scurvy and rickets. Alice Callahan, Smithsonian, "In Pursuit of a Better Baby Formula," 25 Oct. 2019 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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First Known Use of cod-liver oil

1783, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cod-liver oil was in 1783

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“Cod-liver oil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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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

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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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