vitamin C

noun

Definition of vitamin C

: a water-soluble vitamin C6H8O6 found in plants and especially in fruits and leafy vegetables or made synthetically and used in the prevention and treatment of scurvy and as an antioxidant for foods

called also ascorbic acid

Examples of vitamin C in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rose hips are a rich source of vitamin C and are used in herbal teas, jam, jelly, marmalade, syrup, soup, beverages, and pies. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, "Taste the variety of a November in Minnesota's outdoors," 12 Nov. 2020 The high heat used in the canning process actually destroys most of the vitamin C in canned fruits and vegetables. Popular Science, "How to stock your pantry to endure a long, uncertain winter," 9 Nov. 2020 The high heat used in the canning process actually destroys most of the vitamin C in canned fruits and vegetables. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "How to Stock Up on Food and Supplies for a Long, Uncertain Winter," 31 Oct. 2020 High levels of vitamin C can help to speed up healing, which is important after giving birth, whether vaginally or via cesarean. Lauren Corona, chicagotribune.com, "The best postnatal vitamin of 2020," 17 Oct. 2020 Plus, foods filled with vitamin C like oranges, bell peppers and broccoli can help your body absorb the extra iron, so try pairing them together, like a great stir-fry. Noel Cody, Essence, "How to Help Heavy Periods," 9 Dec. 2020 After washing with a gentle, nonsoap cleanser, a vitamin C serum is the first thing that hits my face. Angelique Serrano, Allure, "The Morning and Night Skin-Care Routines of 4 Dermatologists," 15 Nov. 2020 The result: Hyper Skin's 15% vitamin C serum, formulated with kojic acid, turmeric, and licorice root extract to subdue stubborn dark spots. Chelsea Hall, Marie Claire, "The 43 Black-Owned Beauty Brands We'll Never Stop Talking About," 28 Oct. 2020 Loh also suggests ascorbic acid, or vitamin C, may have a role in COVID-19 treatment and details an upcoming Cleveland Clinic clinical trial comparing the effectiveness of zinc, ascorbic acid or a combination for coronavirus treatment. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Melatonin could help against COVID-19, but more studies are needed," 24 Nov. 2020

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circa 1920, in the meaning defined above

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

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vitamin C

noun

Medical Definition of vitamin C

: a water-soluble vitamin C6H8O6 found in plants and especially in fruits and leafy vegetables or made synthetically and used in the prevention and treatment of scurvy and as an antioxidant for foods

called also ascorbic acid

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