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?

Recent Examples on the Web

Diminish fine lines and wrinkles with this new vegan retinol cream that fuses a blend of vitamin F and peptides to improve skin’s texture and sensitivity. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "13 New Beauty Products Worth the Hype in 2019," 9 Jan. 2019 According to Allure, each veggie-vitamin combo reaps its own unique benefits. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Glow Recipe Announced the Upcoming Launch of a Target Line Called Sweet Chef," 27 Dec. 2018 Police also discovered books about cockfighting, a dummy rooster apparently used for training birds to fight, an incubator, and vitamins for the birds. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. banned cockfighting in 1836. But this blood sport just won’t die," 29 May 2018 Pros recommend pairing an antioxidant and skin brightener (like the vitamin B3 derivative niacinamide) with your sunscreen. Nicole Catanese, Marie Claire, "5 Ways to Supercharge Your Skincare Products," 10 Dec. 2018 Other forms of anemia are connected with deficiencies in folate and vitamin B-12, which are necessary for producing red blood cells, and with genetics, such as the chronic illness sickle cell anemia, the Mayo Clinic says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "7 Reasons You Might Be Feeling Cold All the Time," 16 Oct. 2018 Designed for anyone with dull, dry hair, these vitamin-rich products give your strands the kind of nourishment that a green juice gives your bod. Rebecca Norris, Allure, "Briogeo's Be Gentle, Be Kind Shampoo and Conditioner Are Already Sephora Best-Sellers," 15 June 2018 The porridge is made from cassava, red palm oil, sugar, salt, a soy protein concentrate and a vitamin/mineral mix, most of which are sourced in Liberia. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Could 'porridge' cure malnutrition in West Africa? Silicon Valley start-up says yes," 24 Feb. 2018 Homeopathic products typically contain heavily diluted drugs, vitamins or minerals said to promote healing, although some have been found to contain toxic amounts. Lindsey Tanner, The Seattle Times, "Desperate & duped? GoFundMe means big bucks for dubious care," 24 Oct. 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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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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