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a·scor·bic ac·id(as-kōr'bik as'id),
A vitamin used in preventing scurvy, as a strong reducing agent, and as an antioxidant.
[G. a- priv. + Mod.L. scorbutus, scurvy, fr. Germanic]
See ascorbic acid.
vitamin CA vitamin that promotes the growth, formation and maintenance of bones and teeth, the repair of tissues and blood vessels, and increases resistance to infections; it is ingested in the diet in citrus fruits, tomatoes and leafy green vegetables.
see ascorbic acid.