Meaning of ASCORBIC ACID in English

/euh skawr"bik/ , Biochem.

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 .

[ 1930-35; A- 6 + SCOR- B(UT)IC ]

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