vitamin D

noun

Definition of vitamin D 

: any or all of several fat-soluble vitamins chemically related to steroids, essential for normal bone and tooth structure, and found especially in fish-liver oils, egg yolk, and milk or produced by activation (as by ultraviolet irradiation) of sterols: such as

a or vitamin D2 \-ˈdē-ˈtü \ : calciferol

b or vitamin D3 \-ˈdē-ˈthrē \ : cholecalciferol

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Major risk factors for accidental falls include lower body weakness, vitamin D deficiency (this nutrient helps with bone strength), vision problems, medicines that affect balance, difficulty walking, and more, according to the CDC. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Emergency Responders Share 9 of the Biggest Death Traps in Your Home," 14 July 2018 Cooperman, 55, opts for B12, vitamin D in the winter, and iron after donating blood. Peter Andrey Smith, Outside Online, "Don't Trust the Label on Your Supplements," 5 July 2018 Fish is the only good dietary sources of vitamin D. Fatty fish is an excellent source of vitamin D, and important nutrient that over 40% of people may be deficient in. Orthocincy, Cincinnati.com, "Benefits of eating fish," 19 June 2018 How much vitamin D people should get has been a subject of controversy for years. Laurie Mcginley, ajc, "Higher vitamin D levels linked to lower colorectal cancer risk, study finds," 14 June 2018 How much vitamin D people should get has been a subject of controversy for years. Laurie Mcginley, latimes.com, "Higher vitamin D levels linked to lower colorectal cancer risk, study finds," 14 June 2018 The two fist-sized kidneys remove drugs and unwanted compounds from the body and play a critical role in maintaining proper salt and water balance, blood pressure and vitamin D and bone health. Smithsonian, "How Putting Organs on Chips Could Revolutionize Medicine," 31 May 2018 On the one hand Schmidt acts like skating rays of vitamin D, a no-bad-days defenseman with all the body language and general life zest of a Muppet baby. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "From College Hockey to Vegas, the Journey of Haula and Schmidt Could Include the Stanley Cup," 25 May 2018 The supplements include calcium, vitamin D and multivitamins. Allison Horton, miamiherald, "Want to reduce your odds of getting cancer? Stay active, lose weight and eat healthy | Miami Herald," 25 May 2018

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circa 1921, in the meaning defined above

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vitamin D

noun

Medical Definition of vitamin D 

: any or all of several fat-soluble vitamins chemically related to steroids, essential for normal bone and tooth structure, and found especially in fish-liver oils, egg yolk, and milk or produced by activation (as by ultraviolet irradiation) of sterols: as

a : calciferol

b : cholecalciferol

called also sunshine vitamin

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