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calciferol

Line breaks: cal|cif¦erol
Pronunciation: /kalˈsɪfərɒl
 
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Definition of calciferol in English:

noun

[mass noun] Biochemistry
One of the D vitamins, a sterol which is formed when its isomer ergosterol is exposed to ultraviolet light, and which is routinely added to dairy products. Also called ergocalciferol, vitamin D2.
Example sentences
  • Although several chemical compounds provide vitamin D activity, only two of these substances are commonly found in the diet of animals: vitamin D 2, or calciferol, and vitamin D 3.
  • The physiotherapist delivered vitamin D tablets (two 1.25 mg calciferol tablets initially and then one monthly for one year) to those not already taking this supplement.
  • Vitamin D, also called calciferol, is a vitamin that dissolves in the body's fat.

Origin

1930s: from calciferous + -ol.

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