calciferol

[kal-sif-uh-rawl, -rol]
noun Biochemistry.
a fat-soluble, crystalline, unsaturated alcohol, C 28 H 43 OH, occurring in milk, fish-liver oils, etc., produced by ultraviolet irradiation of ergosterol, and used as a dietary supplement, as in fortified milk. Also called vitamin D2.

Origin:
1930–35; calcif(erous) + (ergost)erol

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calciferol (kælˈsɪfərɒl)
 
n
Also: vitamin D2 a fat-soluble steroid, found esp in fish-liver oils, produced by the action of ultraviolet radiation on ergosterol. It increases the absorption of calcium from the intestine and is used in the treatment of rickets. Formula: C28H43OH
 
[C20: from calcif(erous + ergost)erol]

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calciferol cal·cif·er·ol (kāl-sĭf'ə-rôl', -rōl')
n.
See vitamin D2.

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calciferol   (kāl-sĭf'ə-rôl', -rōl')  Pronunciation Key 
Any of several sterols that are forms of vitamin D, especially ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) and cholecalciferol (vitamin D3). See more at vitamin D.
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