vitamin

noun
vi·​ta·​min | \ ˈvī-tə-mən , British usually ˈvi-\

Definition of vitamin

: any of various organic substances that are essential in minute quantities to the nutrition of most animals and some plants, act especially as coenzymes and precursors of coenzymes in the regulation of metabolic processes but do not provide energy or serve as building units, and are present in natural foodstuffs or sometimes produced within the body

Examples of vitamin in a Sentence

This cereal contains essential vitamins and minerals. Did you remember to take your vitamin?

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Research is still ongoing, but science consistently supports the fact that vitamins in supplement form can may harm rather than protect cells. Good Housekeeping, "Exactly What to Eat to Boost Your Immune System, According to a Registered Dietitian," 30 Jan. 2019 That attitude evolved over time for the skinny 160-pound teenager who used vitamins, protein shakes and a weight-lifting regimen to add muscle and increase his velocity to the high 90s. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "White Sox pitcher Reynaldo Lopez looks capable of being the bell cow of rotation," 29 June 2018 One study led to a leading American scientist, Dr. Solomon Snyder, recommending that ergo be considered as a new vitamin. Robert Beelman, CNN, "The humble mushroom is the newest superfood," 25 Apr. 2018 On top of her acting roles, Kidman has endorsement deals with companies like Neutrogena, Etihad Airways, Omega watches, and Swisse vitamins. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "How Much Money Are Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban Worth?," 8 Apr. 2018 Prenatal vitamins became universal when folic acid deficiency was linked to neural tube defects in babies. Dr. Megan Kasper, idahostatesman, "My fellow women: I have a question for you | Idaho Statesman," 23 Mar. 2018 Best Health Foods Store: Honey & Spice | 1251 Grayson Valley Parkway, Trussville | 205.655.0307 | honeynspice.com | This health foods store has been in business for 46 years, offering everything from grocery items to vitamins to pet products. Birmingham Magazine, AL.com, "Shopping: the results of 2018 Best of Birmingham Family & Kids," 6 Mar. 2018 Like other vegetables, celery does contain vitamins and nutrients, such as vitamin K (which supports healthy blood clotting) and potassium (which helps support body functions like a healthy blood pressure), Larson says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Surprise: Celery Juice Will Not Cure All of Your Health Issues," 25 Jan. 2019 But that goes for all vitamins and all supplements. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "Inside the mommy-friendly, scientifically sketchy world of breastfeeding supplements," 20 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of vitamin

circa 1912, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vitamin

alteration of vitamine, from Latin vita life + English amine

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vitamin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vitamin

: a natural substance that is usually found in foods and that helps your body to be healthy
: a pill containing vitamins

vitamin

noun
vi·​ta·​min | \ ˈvī-tə-mən \

Kids Definition of vitamin

: any of a group of substances that are found naturally in many foods, are necessary in small quantities for good health and normal development and functioning, and are designated by a capital letter and sometimes a number vitamin B6 vitamin C

vitamin

noun
vi·​ta·​min | \ ˈvīt-ə-mən, British also ˈvit- \

Medical Definition of vitamin

: any of various organic substances that are essential in minute quantities to the nutrition of most animals and some plants, act especially as coenzymes and precursors of coenzymes in the regulation of metabolic processes but do not provide energy or serve as building units, and are present in natural foodstuffs or are sometimes produced within the body

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