Origin of calciferol
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a fat-soluble steroid, found esp in fish-liver oils, produced by the action of ultraviolet radiation on ergosterol. It increases the absorption of calcium from the intestine and is used in the treatment of rickets. Formula: C 28 H 43 OHAlso: vitamin D 2
Word Origin for calciferol
C20: from calcif (erous + ergost) erol
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Any of several sterols that are forms of vitamin D, especially ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) and cholecalciferol (vitamin D3). See more at vitamin D.
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