calciferol

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calciferol

 [kal-sif´er-ol]
1. see vitamin D.

er·go·cal·cif·er·ol

(er'gō-kal-sif'ĕr-ol),
Activated ergosterol, the vitamin D of plant origin; it arises from ultraviolet irradiation of ergosterol, which is cleaved at the 9,10 bond and develops a double bond between C-10 and C-19; used in prophylaxis and treatment of vitamin D deficiency.

calciferol

(kăl-sĭf′ə-rôl′, -rōl′)

calciferol

A vitamin D derived from steroids by breaking the B ring’s 9-10 bond (e.g., cholecalciferol and ergocalciferol), which is produced by the body when exposed to UV light. Supplemental vitamin D3 reduces all-cause mortality, especially in elderly women, an effect not seen with vitamin D2, alfacalcidol or calcitriol (intrinsic vitamin D). However, too much or too little vitamin D is associated with increased mortality in a U-shaped risk curve.

calciferol

Vitamin D. A fat-soluble vitamin necessary for the absorption of calcium from the intestine. Deficiency causes RICKETS in infants and OSTEOMALACIA in adults.

calciferol

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vitamin D2

a compound that has vitamin D properties and is obtained by ultraviolet irradiation of ergosterol.

er·go·cal·cif·er·ol

(ĕr'gō-kal-sif'ĕr-ol)
Activated ergosterol, the vitamin D of plant origin; used in prophylaxis and treatment of vitamin D deficiency.
Synonym(s): calciferol, vitamin D2.