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ascorbic acid Syllabification: a·scor·bic ac·id
Pronunciation: /əˌskôrbik ˈasəd/

Definition of ascorbic acid in English:


A vitamin found particularly in citrus fruits and green vegetables. It is essential in maintaining healthy connective tissue, and is also thought to act as an antioxidant. Severe deficiency causes scurvy. Also called vitamin C.
  • A lactone; chemical formula: C6H8O6
Example sentences
  • Citrus fruits, vinegar, and vitamins such as ascorbic acid or folic acid do not change the acidity of your stomach or your bloodstream.
  • The antioxidant ascorbic acid plays an essential role in defending against oxidant attack in the airways.
  • Most animals can synthesize this vitamin in the liver, where glucose is converted to ascorbic acid.


Pronunciation: /-bāt/ /-bit/
Example sentences
  • For instance, ascorbate (vitamin C) provides incomplete retinal protection for albino rats exposed to blue light.
  • The synthesis of ascorbate (vitamin C) does not occur in primates.
  • The active form of vitamin C is ascorbate acid itself.


1930s: from a-1 'without' + medieval Latin scorbutus 'scurvy' + -ic.

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