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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
vi•ta•min /ˈvaɪtəmɪn/USA pronunciation also vi•ta•mine /ˈvaɪtəmɪn, -ˌmin/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- Biochemistry, Nutritionany of a group of substances that are essential to the body in small quantities for normal metabolism, found in very small amounts in foods and also produced artificially.
(vī′tə min;[Brit.]also vit′ə min), n.
(vī′tə min, -mēn′;[Brit.]also vit′ə min, -mēn′).
- Biochemistry, Nutritionany of a group of organic substances essential in small quantities to normal metabolism, found in minute amounts in natural foodstuffs or sometimes produced synthetically: deficiencies of vitamins produce specific disorders.
- Latin vīt(a) life + amine; coined by C. Funk, who thought they were amines
- earlier vitamine 1912
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
vitamin /ˈvɪtəmɪn ˈvaɪ-/ n
Etymology: 20th Century: vit- from Latin vīta life + -amin from amine; so named by Casimir Funk, who believed the substances to be aminesˌvitaˈminic adj
- any of a group of substances that are essential, in small quantities, for the normal functioning of metabolism in the body. They cannot usually be synthesized in the body but they occur naturally in certain foods: insufficient supply of any particular vitamin results in a deficiency disease
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