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niacin

[ nahy-uh-sin ]
/ ˈnaɪ ə sɪn /
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noun Biochemistry.

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Origin of niacin

First recorded in1935–40; ni(cotinic) ac(id) + -in2
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British Dictionary definitions for niacin

niacin
/ (ˈnaɪəsɪn) /

noun
another name for nicotinic acid

Word Origin for niacin

C20: from ni (cotinic) ac (id) + -in
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Scientific definitions for niacin

niacin
[ nīə-sĭn ]

A water-soluble organic acid belonging to the vitamin B complex that is important in carbohydrate metabolism. It is a pyridine derivative and is a precursor of the coenzyme NAD. Niacin is found in liver, fish, and whole-grain foods. Deficiency of niacin in the diet causes pellagra. Also called nicotinic acid. Chemical formula: C6H5NO2.
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