ascorbic acid

[uh-skawr-bik as-id]

noun Biochemistry.

a white, crystalline, water-soluble vitamin, C6H8O6, 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.

Origin of ascorbic acid

First recorded in 1930–35; a-6 + scorb(ut)ic
Also called an·ti·scor·bu·tic ac·id [an-tee-skawr-byoo-tik as-id, an-tahy‐] /ˈæn ti skɔrˈbyu tɪk ˈæs ɪd, ˈæn taɪ‐/ vitamin C. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for ascorbic acid

ascorbic acid


a white crystalline vitamin present in plants, esp citrus fruits, tomatoes, and green vegetables. A deficiency in the diet of man leads to scurvy. Formula: C 6 H 8 O 6Also called: vitamin C

Word Origin for ascorbic acid

C20 ascorbic from a- 1 + scorb (ut) ic
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ascorbic acid in Medicine

ascorbic acid



A white, crystalline vitamin found in citrus fruits, tomatoes, potatoes, and leafy green vegetables and used to prevent scurvy.vitamin C
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ascorbic acid in Science

ascorbic acid


See vitamin C.
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ascorbic acid in Culture

ascorbic acid


A form of vitamin C.

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