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

The vitamins and antioxidants in milk can help your skin heal, says dermatologist Adarsh Vijay Mudgil, M.D., medical director of Mudgil Dermatology in Manhattan and Long Island, New York. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of a Sunburn ASAP," 16 Apr. 2019 Researchers say the best vitamins and minerals come from the produce aisle, not a pill bottle. CBS News, "Multivitamins a waste of money for heart health, researchers say," 10 July 2018 One of the most promising is NMN (nicotinamide mononucleotide), a form of vitamin B3 found in fruits and vegetables like avocado and broccoli. Anne-marie Guarnieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Future of Anti-Aging," 27 Oct. 2017 This oil takes things a step further, combining comfrey root extract and vitamin B5 to leave your skin feeling supple and hydrated after use (not tight and dry, like other micellar waters *cough cough*). Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Glossier's New $12 Milky Oil Will Change the Way You Take off Your Makeup," 19 Feb. 2019 Hyaluronic acid plays well with most other ingredients and can be paired with peels, retinols, vitamins, and other acids. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need To Know About Hyaluronic Acid," 14 Dec. 2018 Will a Ritual vitamin, the ones with the cute little balls in every pill, help? Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "I used all the best stuff for a week and it nearly broke me," 12 Dec. 2018 This is because infants are born without enough of the vitamin, and the baby needs a boost to prevent any potential bleeding. Renee Diresta, WIRED, "The Complexity of Simply Searching for Medical Advice," 3 July 2018 Chickpeas are extremely versatile, gluten-free, and loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "You’d Never Guess This Chickpea Cookie Dough Is Healthy," 21 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 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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