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biotin

[bahy-uh-tin]
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noun Biochemistry.
  1. a crystalline, water-soluble vitamin, C10H16O3N2S, of the vitamin B complex, that is present in all living cells and functions as a growth factor and as a catalyst in carboxylation reactions.

Origin of biotin

1935–40; < German Biotin < Greek biotḗ life + -in -in2
Also called vitamin H.
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British Dictionary definitions for biotin

biotin

noun
  1. a vitamin of the B complex, abundant in egg yolk and liver, deficiency of which causes dermatitis and loss of hair. Formula: C 10 H 16 N 2 O 3 SSee also avidin

Word Origin

C20: biot- from Greek biotē life, way of life + -in
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Word Origin and History for biotin

n.

vitamin of the B group (also sometimes called vitamin H) essential for the growth of yeast, 1936, from German Biotin (1936), from Greek biotos "life" (see bio-) + chemical suffix -in (2).

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biotin in Medicine

biotin

(bīə-tĭn)
n.
  1. A colorless crystalline vitamin of the vitamin B complex, essential for the activity of many enzyme systems and found in large quantities in liver, egg yolk, milk, and yeast.
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biotin in Science

biotin

[bīə-tĭn]
  1. A water-soluble organic acid belonging to the vitamin B complex that is important in the metabolism of carbohydrates and fatty acids. It is also a cofactor for some coenzymes that catalyze the synthesis of organic acids in the body. Biotin is found in liver, egg yolks, milk, yeast, and some vegetables. Chemical formula: C10H16N2O3S.
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