vitamin K

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noun plural K vitamins
any of the fat-soluble vitamins, including phylloquinone and the menaquinones, which are essential for the normal clotting of blood
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Medical definitions for vitamin K

vitamin K

Any of several fat-soluble compounds that are found in alfalfa, hog liver, fish meal, and vegetable oils and are essential for the production of normal amounts of prothrombin.antihemorrhagic factor
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Scientific definitions for vitamin K

vitamin K

Any of a group of fat-soluble vitamins that are involved in the formation of prothrombin and other clotting factors in the liver and are essential for normal clotting of the blood. (The K is derived from the German word koagulation.) Vitamin K is also involved in bone formation and repair. Two forms occur naturally: vitamin K1, which is synthesized by plants, and vitamin K2, which is mainly synthesized by intestinal bacteria. The other forms are synthetic substances with similar chemical structures.
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