Sherman unit

Sher·man u·nit

unit of vitamin C, minimum protective dose; the minimum amount of vitamin C that, fed daily, will protect a 300-g guinea pig from scurvy for 90 days; equivalent to 0.5-0.6 mg of ascorbic acid.
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Sherman unit

An obsolete, semi-quantitative unit corresponding to the total amount of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) that, when fed daily to a 300 g guinea pig, will protect it from scurvy for 90 days; empirically determined to be 0.5–0.6 mg of ascorbic acid.
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Henry C., U.S. biochemist, 1875-1955.
Sherman unit - unit of vitamin C, minimum protective dose.
Sherman-Bourquin unit of vitamin B2 - equivalent to 0.001 to 0.007 mg of riboflavin.
Sherman-Munsell unit - a rat growth unit.
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