vitamin

noun
vi·​ta·​min | \ ˈvī-tə-mən How to pronounce vitamin (audio) , British usually ˈvi- How to pronounce vitamin (audio) \

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?
Recent Examples on the Web Or a moist and fluffy cake that also happens to be filled with vitamin-rich sweet potatoes. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "45 Healthy Dessert Recipes for Every Craving," 24 Dec. 2020 The vitamin is well tolerated by sensitive and rosacea-prone skin too thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Does Niacinamide Do?," 17 Dec. 2020 The fragrance-free, vitamin B3-rich formula has a 5.36 pH (similar to skin’s natural baseline) and can double as an eye cream, too. Kari Molvar, WSJ, "We Tested 50 Face Moisturizers to Find the Best," 16 Dec. 2020 Many will tell her to try things like radical diets or vitamin infusions; others will share stories about distant relatives who beat breast cancer. Meghan Rabbitt, Woman's Day, "What 6 Women Living With Advanced Breast Cancer Want Others To Know About Living With The Disease," 16 Dec. 2020 The 85-year-old vitamin and dietary supplement company closed about 1,200 stores as part of its bankruptcy. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "The 30 retailers and restaurant chains that filed for bankruptcy in 2020," 12 Dec. 2020 Lopez appears later in the frame to help the girls with her vitamin serum. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "J.Lo Teaches Her Daughter, Emme, Her Skin Care Secrets in a New Video," 10 Dec. 2020 Studies show that exercising in cold weather can increase the body’s metabolism and fat-burning ability, and getting into nature at any point in the year lowers risk for depression and ups your intake of immune-boosting vitamin D. Kari Molvar, Vogue, "How to Take Your Winter Workout Outdoors," 8 Dec. 2020 Those figures don’t even touch on the powdered and chewable vitamin industry. Washington Post, "How my online mom group sent me down a rabbit hole of direct-sales supplements for kids," 4 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of vitamin was circa 1912

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30 Dec 2020

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“Vitamin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vitamin. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for vitamin

vitamin

noun
How to pronounce vitamin (audio) How to pronounce vitamin (audio)

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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