ascorbic-acid

ascorbic acid

[uh-skawr-bik]
noun Biochemistry.
a white, crystalline, water-soluble vitamin, C 6 H 8 O 6 , occurring naturally in citrus fruits, green vegetables, etc., and often produced synthetically, essential for normal metabolism: used in the prevention and treatment of scurvy, and in wound-healing and tissue repair.
Also called antiscorbutic acid, vitamin C.


Origin:
1930–35; a-6 + scor- b(ut)ic

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ascorbic acid (əˈskɔːbɪk)
 
n
Also called: vitamin C a white crystalline vitamin present in plants, esp citrus fruits, tomatoes, and green vegetables. A deficiency in the diet of man leads to scurvy. Formula: C6H8O6
 
[C20 ascorbic from a-1 + scorb(ut)ic]

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ascorbic acid a·scor·bic acid (ə-skôr'bĭk)
n.
A white, crystalline vitamin found in citrus fruits, tomatoes, potatoes, and leafy green vegetables and used to prevent scurvy. Also called vitamin C.

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ascorbic acid   (ə-skôr'bĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
See vitamin C.
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ascorbic acid [(uh-skawr-bik)]

A form of vitamin C.

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