vitamin

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1920, originally vitamine (1912), from Latin vīta (life) (see vital) + amine (see amino acids). Vitamine coined by Polish biochemist Casimir Funk after the initial discovery of aberic acid (thiamine), when it was thought that all such nutrients would be amines.[1] The term had become ubiquitous by the time it was discovered that vitamin C, among others, had no amine component. In 1920, British biochemist Jack Drummond proposed that the final -e be dropped to deemphasize the amine reference. The ending -in was acceptable because it was used for neutral substances of undefined composition. Drummond also introduced the lettering system of nomenclature (Vitamin A, B, C, etc.) at this same time.

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vitamin (plural vitamins)

  1. Any of a specific group of organic compounds essential in small quantities for healthy human growth, metabolism, development, and body function; found in minute amounts in plant and animal foods or sometimes produced synthetically; deficiencies of specific vitamins produce specific disorders.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 vitamin” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  2. 2.0 2.1 vitamin” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Online
  3. ^ Cambridge Dictionaries Online

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  • IPA(key): /vitamiːn/, [vitˢaˈmiːˀn]

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vitamin n (singular definite vitaminet, plural indefinite vitaminer)

  1. vitamin

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