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Definition of "vitamin" []

  • Any of various fat-soluble or water-soluble organic substances essential in minute amounts for normal growth and activity of the body and obtained naturally from plant and animal foods. (noun)
  • 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 (noun)

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Use "vitamin" in a sentence
  • "The name of the vitamin comes from the Greek word pantos, meaning "everywhere.""
  • "The term vitamin D applies to several members of a group of steroid prohormone molecules."
  • "The term vitamin derives from experiments conducted early in this century, which indicated that proper nutrition was dependent upon introduction of one or several vital nitrogen-containing amines into the diet."