ri·​bo·​fla·​vin | \ ˌrī-bə-ˈflā-vən How to pronounce riboflavin (audio) , ˈrī-bə-ˌflā- \

Definition of riboflavin

: a yellow crystalline compound C17H20N4O6 of the vitamin B complex that occurs both free (as in milk) and combined (as in liver) as a component of coenzymes (such as FMN) which are essential to normal metabolism

called also vitamin B2

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Recent Examples on the Web Sea moss contains a decent amount of riboflavin (B2) and folate (B9). Adele Jackson-gibson, Good Housekeeping, "Is Sea Moss Healthy? Here's How to Eat It for Maximum Benefits," 17 Jan. 2020 With the loads of vitamin C from the oranges and the combination of vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin D, riboflavin and manganese found in avocados, your immune system will be thanking you. Drake Wilson, Sunset Magazine, "The Recipes You Should Be Cooking This February," 10 Feb. 2020 Truth be told, mushrooms supply several key nutrients including the B vitamins niacin, riboflavin, folate and B6, as well as iron, potassium, and selenium. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Risotto without rice: Here's how to use rice-shaped pasta instead," 19 Jan. 2020 The B vitamins in whole grains, including thiamine, niacin and riboflavin, are crucial metabolism aids. Jenna Birch, Washington Post, "A primer on whole grains: What they are, why they’re important and how to find them," 19 Aug. 2019 Mushrooms are rich in B vitamins: riboflavin [B2], folate [B9], thiamine [B1], pantothenic acid [B5], and niacin [B3]. Lisa Mulcahy, Good Housekeeping, "6 Surprising Mushroom Health Benefits for Your Skin, Brain, and Bones," 3 June 2019 In general, though, much of the grain’s fiber and key vitamins and minerals, like iron and the B vitamins niacin, riboflavin, and thiamin, per the FDA, and sometimes some protein, are removed during processing. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Exactly Are Refined Carbs?," 18 May 2019 Manufacturers may also add vitamin B12, calcium, and riboflavin to oat milks to provide some nutrients found naturally in cow’s milk. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Is Oat Milk Healthy? Here's What You Need to Know, According to a Nutritionist," 11 Apr. 2019 While the amount of fat in your milk may vary, know that all cow’s milk contains the same nine essential nutrients: Calcium, protein, vitamin D, phosphorus, vitamin A, riboflavin, vitamin B-12, magnesium, potassium, and niacin. Kathy R. Byrnes, Cincinnati.com, "1%, whole, fat free – What’s the milk difference?," 3 June 2017

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First Known Use of riboflavin

1935, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for riboflavin

International Scientific Vocabulary ribo- + Latin flavus yellow — more at blue

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“Riboflavin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/riboflavin. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of riboflavin

technical : a natural substance (called a vitamin) that is found in certain foods (such as milk, eggs, and leafy vegetables) and that helps your body to be healthy


ri·​bo·​fla·​vin | \ ˌrī-bə-ˈflā-vən, ˈrī-bə-ˌ How to pronounce riboflavin (audio) \
variants: also riboflavine \ -​ˌvēn How to pronounce riboflavin (audio) \

Medical Definition of riboflavin

: a yellow crystalline compound C17H20N4O6 that is a growth-promoting member of the vitamin B complex and occurs both free (as in milk) and combined (as in liver)

called also lactoflavin, ovoflavin, vitamin B2

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