Definition of cyanocobalamin in English:

cyanocobalamin

Syllabification: cy·a·no·co·bal·a·min
Pronunciation: /ˌsīənōˌkōˈbaləmin, sīˌanō-
 
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noun

  • A vitamin found in foods of animal origin such as liver, fish, and eggs, a deficiency of which can cause pernicious anemia. It contains a cyanide group bonded to the central cobalt atom of a cobalamin molecule. Also called vitamin B12 (see vitamin B).
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    • The B-complex vitamins are actually a group of eight vitamins, which include thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine, folic acid, cyanocobalamin, pantothenic acid and biotin.
    • At the time of this writing, cyanocobalamin is a widely available form of injectable vitamin B 12, whereas hydroxocobalamin can be obtained only through a compounding pharmacist.
    • A synthetic form, called cyanocobalamin, is used to fortify foods and make dietary supplements in the United States.

Origin

1950s: from cyanogen and cobalamin (blend of cobalt and vitamin).

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