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provitamin A

  1. carotene.
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Origin of provitamin A

First recorded in 1950–55
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provitamin a in Medicine

provitamin A

  1. Any of the carotenoids that are precursors of vitamin A and exhibit qualitatively the biological activity of beta-carotene; they are present in fish-liver oils, egg yolk, milk products, green-leaf or yellow vegetables, and fruits.
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