Origin of vitamin
OTHER WORDS FROM vitaminvi·ta·min·ic, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for vitamins
It drains your body of nutrients and vitamins, attacking the central nervous system and leaving you in a dehydrated, hazy state.
The supercharge doses of vitamins have questionable benefits.
These include carbs and protein and fats, minerals and vitamins and electrolytes.The Top 10 Diets of 2013 Are All Useless (Except to Book Publishers)|Kent Sepkowitz|December 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Wintour hit up a supermarket over the holidays to purchase a slew of vitamins … and no food.Kanye’s Masked Appearance, Stella McCartney Gets an OBE|The Fashion Beast Team|December 31, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Should vitamins and supplements carry warning labels like cigarettes do?
Apparently everything was going well, because the only reaction was the expected injection of vitamins and glucose.Planet of the Damned|Harry Harrison
These products are essential in supplying such necessary elements as minerals, vitamins, acids, and cellulose.A Living from the Land|William B. Duryee
Vitamins, of course; got to keep plenty of vitamins in the system, or it goes all to pot on you.Cum Grano Salis|Gordon Randall Garrett
There was a chance they might contain the vitamins and minerals needed.Space Prison|Tom Godwin
A brainy young hombre like you needs plenty o' rest an' vitamins to keep from burnin' himself out.Tom Swift and The Visitor from Planet X|Victor Appleton
British Dictionary definitions for vitamins
Derived forms of vitaminvitaminic, adjective
Word Origin for vitamin
Medical definitions for vitamins
Scientific definitions for vitamins
A Closer Look
Although it has been known for thousands of years that certain diseases can be treated with specific foods, the scientific link between vitamins and good health wasn't made until the early 1900s by Polish-born American biochemist Casimir Funk. While studying beriberi, a disease that causes depression, fatigue, and nerve damage, Funk discovered an organic compound in rice husks that prevents the illness. He named the compound vitamine, derived from the chemical name amine and the Latin word vita, "life," because vitamins are required for life and were originally thought to be amines. Funk's compound is now known as vitamin B1, or thiamine. His research and discovery led him, along with English biochemist Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins, to propose the vitamin hypothesis of deficiency, which stated that certain diseases, such as scurvy or rickets, are caused by dietary deficiencies and can be avoided by taking vitamins. Further research allowed scientists to isolate and identify the vitamins that we know today to be essential for human health. Vitamins include A, C, D, E, K, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, B6, B12, folic acid, biotin, and pantothenic acid. Vitamins are distinguished from minerals, such as calcium, iron, and magnesium, which are also essential for optimum health.
Cultural definitions for vitamins
Complex organic compounds that are needed in small amounts by the body for normal growth and metabolism. An important part of a balanced diet, vitamins occur naturally in foods and may be added to processed foods to increase their nutritional value. Many vitamins have been identified, and each plays a specific role in the functioning of the body. For example, vitamin C is needed for the proper healing of wounds and broken bones; vitamin A helps the body resist infection. Some vitamins are so important that without them certain diseases or conditions could develop. For example, a deficiency of vitamin D may cause rickets, and a deficiency of vitamin B12 could result in a form of anemia.