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noun
a pale-yellow viscous fluid, abundant in vegetable oils, whole-grain cereals, butter, and eggs, and important as an antioxidant in the deactivation of free radicals and in maintenance of the body's cell membranes: deficiency is rare.
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Also called alpha-tocopherol.
Compare tocopherol.

Origin of vitamin E

First recorded in 1920–25
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British Dictionary definitions for vitamin E

vitamin E

noun
another name for tocopherol
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Scientific definitions for vitamin E

vitamin E

A fat-soluble vitamin important for normal cell growth and function. It is found in vegetable oils, wheat germ, green leafy vegetables, and egg yolks. Vitamin E has at least eight different forms, the most prevalent of which is alpha-tocopherol.
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