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

Everyday essentials such as foods, beverages, vitamins, beauty products and baby products are 30 percent off. Jessica Suriano, azcentral, "How to shop like a pro during Amazon Prime Day," 12 July 2018 Five legal and health care advocates also confirmed to BuzzFeed News that ICE provides pregnancy tests, prenatal vitamins, and sometimes allows for a standard entrance exam by nonspecialist medical workers. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Pregnant Women Are Allegedly Being Denied Medical Care in Immigration Detention Centers," 10 July 2018 Between bone broth, skin vitamins, and mixable powders, collagen supplements are the hottest thing on the beauty scene right now. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "How to Get Glowing Skin," 25 June 2018 And the migraine community — those who’ve long relied on vitamins, repurposed drugs with unpleasant side effects, and Eastern medicine (or some combination thereof) to manage their symptoms — was thrilled. Katy Schneider, The Cut, "Why Did It Take So Long to Figure Out Migraines?," 22 May 2018 The Kardashian and Jenner family have previously posted paid Instagram ads for Sugar Bear hair gummy vitamins, Hairfinity, flat tummy teas, and controversial waist trainers. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian West's Instagram Ad For An Appetite Suppressant Sparks Outrage," 16 May 2018 Canned salmon and tuna contain healthy omega-3 fats and vitamins as well as minerals like A, D B6 and B12. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Keep your cool: No-heat cooking keeps you comfortable and the food fresh," 5 July 2018 For some of us, that means gleefully soaking up the sun, getting that fix of sweet, sweet vitamin D. refinery29.com, "July Click List: R29 Entertainment Editors' Picks For The Month," 2 July 2018 Young girls and women were more likely to report using iron, calcium, multivitamins and vitamin B. Young boys and men were more likely to report using omega-3 fatty acids and body building supplements. Alexandra Sifferlin, Time, "A Third of Children Use Dietary Supplements. Here’s Why Researchers Say That’s Concerning," 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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