provitamin

provitamin

[proh-vahy-tuh-min; British also proh-vit-uh-min]
noun Biochemistry.
a substance that an organism can transform into a vitamin, as carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the liver.

Origin:
1925–30; pro-1 + vitamin

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provitamin (prəʊˈvɪtəmɪn)
 
n
a substance, such as carotene, that is converted into a vitamin in animal tissues

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provitamin pro·vi·ta·min (prō-vī'tə-mĭn)
n.
A vitamin precursor that is converted to its active form through normal metabolic processes.

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