ascorbic acid

[ uh-skawr-bik as-id ]
/ əˈskɔr bɪk ˈæs ɪd /

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.

Nearby words

  1. ascon,
  2. asconoid,
  3. ascorbase,
  4. ascorbate,
  5. ascorbic,
  6. ascospore,
  7. ascot,
  8. ascribable,
  9. ascribe,
  10. ascribed status

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for ascorbic acid

ascorbic acid

/ (əˈskɔːbɪk) /

noun

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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Medicine definitions for ascorbic acid

ascorbic acid

[ ə-skôrbĭk ]

n.

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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Science definitions for ascorbic acid

ascorbic acid

[ ə-skôrbĭk ]

See vitamin C.
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Culture definitions for ascorbic acid

ascorbic acid

[ (uh-skawr-bik) ]

A form of vitamin C.

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