noun[mass noun] Biochemistry
A vitamin of the B complex, found in rice, bran, and many other foods, and essential for the oxidation of fats and carbohydrates.
- The B vitamins consist of thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine, folic acid, pantothenic acid, biotin, and cobalamin.
- Mushrooms have significant amounts of three B-complex vitamins - riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid - particularly riboflavin.
- Vitamins C, B, folate, pantothenic acid and biotin are easily passed by the body and so need to be included in the daily diet.
1930s: pantothenic from Greek pantothen 'from every side' (with allusion to its widespread occurrence).
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