[proh-vahy-tuh-min; British also proh-vit-uh-min]

noun Biochemistry.

a substance that an organism can transform into a vitamin, as carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the liver.

Origin of provitamin

First recorded in 1925–30; pro-1 + vitamin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for provitamin



a substance, such as carotene, that is converted into a vitamin in animal tissues
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provitamin in Medicine




A vitamin precursor that is converted to its active form through normal metabolic processes.
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