pantothenic acid

[ pan-tuh-then-ik, pan- ]
/ ˈpæn təˈθɛn ɪk, ˌpæn- /
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noun Biochemistry.
a hydroxy acid, C9H17O5N, found in plant and animal tissues, rice, bran, etc., that is part of the B complex of vitamins and is essential for cell growth.
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Origin of pantothenic acid

1930–35; <Greek pántothen from all quarters (panto-panto- + -then suffix of motion from) + -ic

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British Dictionary definitions for pantothenic acid

pantothenic acid
/ (ˌpæntəˈθɛnɪk) /

an oily acid that is a vitamin of the B complex: occurs widely in animal and vegetable foods and is essential for cell growth. Formula: C 9 H 17 NO 5

Word Origin for pantothenic acid

C20: from Greek pantothen from every side
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Scientific definitions for pantothenic acid

pantothenic acid
[ păn′tə-thĕnĭk ]

A water-soluble organic acid belonging to the vitamin B complex that is an essential component of coenzyme A. It is a derivative of the amino acid alanine, and it is important in the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates. Pantothenic acid is found in all animal and plant cells, but it is particularly abundant in liver, rice bran, molasses, and many vegetables. Chemical formula: C9H17NO5.
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