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ascorbic acid

Pronunciation: as-kōr′bik as′id

Definition: A vitamin used in preventing scurvy, as a strong reducing agent, and as an antioxidant.

Synonym(s): antiscorbutic vitamin, cevitamic acid, vitamin C

[G. a- priv. + Mod.L. scorbutus, scurvy, fr. Germanic]

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