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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Both farmed and wild seafood provide lots of proteins, omega-3 fatty acids, key vitamins, and minerals. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Good Housekeeping, "Why Salmon Needs to Become a Part of Your Diet ASAP," 27 Mar. 2018 In addition, the combination of protein, fiber and vitamins makes legumes nutrient-dense and filling. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "Don’t avoid all packaged foods as unhealthy; some are good for you," 5 Mar. 2018 Taking the vitamins and wearing blue-light-blocking glasses was easy. Suzannah Weiss, Glamour, "Can You Really Hack Your Period to Make It More Regular?," 25 Jan. 2018 With most single-ingredient vitamins and minerals, cost rather than quality tends to be the distinguishing factor. Peter Andrey Smith, Outside Online, "Don't Trust the Label on Your Supplements," 5 July 2018 Plain old white potatoes are a great source of carbs, vitamins and nutrients, and are filling and satisfying. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "17 Healthy Ways to Cook With Potatoes," 2 July 2018 There’s a toothbrush, toothpaste, face soap, Advil, vitamins and ear plugs are all within reach in an outside pocket. Lainey Berkus, San Antonio Express-News, "A peek inside McNay director’s bag made from seat belts," 25 June 2018 Fish is high in many important nutrients, including high quality protein, iodine and various vitamins and minerals. Orthocincy, Cincinnati.com, "Benefits of eating fish," 19 June 2018 The latest news is that after more than a month on hunger strike, Oleg continues to take liquds and has an IV line with a full range of nutrients, proteins and vitamins and is holding up. Nick Holdsworth, The Hollywood Reporter, "Support Growing for Jailed Ukrainian Director on Hunger Strike in Russia," 18 June 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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The first known use of vitamin was circa 1912

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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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