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?
Recent Examples on the Web Creamy and packed with fruits and natural vitamins, the luxe treatment can be used two to three times a week to achieve smoother skin that glows from within. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "Tatcha's best-selling lip mask is finally back in stock," 26 Dec. 2019 Vitamin E acetate is an oil derived from the vitamin. Erin Allday, SFChronicle.com, "Toxic substance linked to vaping illnesses, deaths. What is vitamin E acetate?," 8 Nov. 2019 As far as getting enough vitamin D, Lim recommends taking a daily multivitamin, which typically contains an amount of vitamin D that would provide adequate blood levels of the vitamin. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Could sunscreen cause Vitamin D deficiency? Short answer: Yes," 18 Sep. 2019 The oil derived from the vitamin is commonly available as a nutritional supplement and is used in topical skin treatments. BostonGlobe.com, "New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday that he is ordering the state health department to issue subpoenas to three companies the department has identified as selling substances linked to the mysterious vaping-related lung illnesses that have sickened hundreds of people across the country.," 11 Sep. 2019 Juice contains the same vitamins and natural sugars found in whole fruit but lacks the satiating fiber that aids healthy digestion and makes an apple or orange a satisfying snack, Abreu explains. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Should I Give My Child Juice? Here’s What Experts Say," 5 Sep. 2019 As former Vice President Joe Biden has faded in some polls, Klobuchar has seized the opportunity to brand herself as the moderate alternative—a take-your-vitamins realist in a field defined by idealism. Time, "In the Democratic Primary, Amy Klobuchar Makes the Case for Pragmatism Over “Pipe Dreams”," 14 Nov. 2019 As the doctor hands her some vitamins, Miller weeps again. Rosa Flores And Holly Yan, CNN, "These US medics go door to door in the Bahamas. The need for help is endless," 18 Sep. 2019 For black women, looking after their mental and emotional well-being is just as or more important than taking your prenatal vitamin every morning. Helena Andrews-dyer, The Denver Post, "Finding the joy in black motherhood," 7 Sep. 2019

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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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3 Jan 2020

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“Vitamin.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vitamin. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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vitamin

noun
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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