nicotinamide

[nik-uh-tin-uh-mahyd, -mid, -tee-nuh-]
noun Biochemistry.
a colorless, crystalline, water-soluble solid, C 6 H 6 N 2 O, the amide of nicotinic acid, and a component of the vitamin-B complex, found in meat, liver, fish, whole wheat, and eggs: used in medicine chiefly as an agent for preventing or treating human pellagra or animal black tongue.
Also called niacinamide, nicotinic acid amide.


Origin:
1890–95; nicotine + amide

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nicotinamide (ˌnɪkəˈtɪnəˌmaɪd, -ˈtiːn-)
 
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the amide of nicotinic acid: a component of the vitamin B complex and essential in the diet for the prevention of pellagra. Formula: C6H6ON2

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nicotinamide nic·o·tin·a·mide (nĭk'ə-tĭn'ə-mīd', -tē'nə-)
n.
The biologically active amide of niacin having similar vitamin activity and used in the prevention and treatment of pellagra. Also called niacinamide.

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Nicotinamide is an essential nutrient required by the body for metabolic processes and disease prevention.
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