vitamin

noun
vi·​ta·​min | \ ˈvī-tə-mən How to pronounce vitamin (audio) , 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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Here, a few ways to get your daily recommended dose of sartorial vitamin C. All products featured on Vogue are independently selected by our editors. Sophie Kemp, Vogue, "A Funky Fruit Print Is a Fresh Alternative to Spring Florals," 12 Mar. 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 The vitamins and fatty acids in coconut oil help nourish your scalp and penetrates the cuticle of the hair. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "10 Ways Coconut Oil Can Give You the Best-Looking Hair of Your Life," 12 Apr. 2019 The hype about the vitamin during the past two decades started with early vitamin D science. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Millions of Americans take vitamin D. Most should just stop.," 9 Oct. 2018 However, since the eye area can be more sensitive than the rest of the face, approach a regimen of either of the vitamins slowly to avoid irritation. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Best Ways to Handle Crow's Feet," 15 Feb. 2019 The vitamins and antioxidants in milk can help your skin heal, says dermatologist Adarsh Vijay Mudgil, M.D., medical director of Mudgil Dermatology in Manhattan and Long Island, New York. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of a Sunburn ASAP," 16 Apr. 2019 Researchers say the best vitamins and minerals come from the produce aisle, not a pill bottle. CBS News, "Multivitamins a waste of money for heart health, researchers say," 10 July 2018 One of the most promising is NMN (nicotinamide mononucleotide), a form of vitamin B3 found in fruits and vegetables like avocado and broccoli. Anne-marie Guarnieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Future of Anti-Aging," 27 Oct. 2017

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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 How to pronounce vitamin (audio) \

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- How to pronounce vitamin (audio) \

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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