- a crystalline acid, C6H5NO2, that is a component of the vitamin-B complex, found in fresh meat, yeast, etc., produced by the oxidation of nicotine, and used in the prevention and treatment of pellagra.
Origin of nicotinic acid
First recorded in 1885–90
Also called niacin, vitamin B3.
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- a vitamin of the B complex that occurs in milk, liver, yeast, etc. Lack of it in the diet leads to the disease pellagra. Formula: (C 5 H 4 N)COOHAlso called: niacin
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- See niacin.
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