vitamin
noun Etymology: alteration of vitamine, from Latin vita life + English amine Date: circa 1912 any of various organic substances that are essential in minute quantities to the nutrition of most animals and some plants, act especially as coenzymes and precursors of coenzymes in the regulation of metabolic processes but do not provide energy or serve as building units, and are present in natural foodstuffs or sometimes produced within the body

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  • Vitamin — Sn std. (20. Jh.) Kunstbildung. Neubildung zu l. vīta f. Leben (zu l. vīvere leben ) und Amin (organische Stickstoffverbindung). So durch den in London arbeitenden polnischen Chemiker Casimir Funk bezeichnet in der irrtümlichen Annahme, daß alle… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Vitamin — Vit a*min (v[imac]t [.a]*m[i^]n), n. any of several organic chemical substances not synthesized by an animal and required in small quantities for normal metabolism, present in and obtained from the natural foods eaten by the animal. Human… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vitamin — (n.) 1920, originally vitamine (1912) coined by Polish biochemist Casimir Funk (1884 1967), from L. vita life (see VITAL (Cf. vital)) + AMINE (Cf. amine), because they were thought to contain amino acids. The terminal e formally was stripped off… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Vitamin — Vitamin: Die Bezeichnung für den die biologischen Vorgänge im Organismus regulierenden, lebenswichtigen, vorwiegend in Pflanzen gebildeten Wirkstoff wurde in der 1. Hälfte des 20. Jh.s aus gleichbedeutend engl. amerik. vitamin entlehnt. Dies ist… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • Vitamin — [Network (Rating 5600 9600)] Bsp.: • Vitamin C ist gut für dich …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • Vitamin — B haben: gute Beziehungen zu einflußreichen Leuten besitzen. Eigentlich ist die Gruppe der B Vitamine medizinisch gesehen unerläßlich für die Gesundheit des Menschen, sie nimmt so seit der Entdeckung der Vitamine um 1911 eine besondere Rolle in… …   Das Wörterbuch der Idiome

  • vitàmīn — m 〈G vitamína〉 biol. kem. općeniti naziv za brojne organske katalizatore koji se sintetiziraju u organizmu, a potrebni su u malim količinama za normalno odvijanje metaboličkih reakcija ✧ {{001f}}lat …   Veliki rječnik hrvatskoga jezika

  • Vitamin — Vitamin,das:V.B:⇨Beziehung(II,1) …   Das Wörterbuch der Synonyme

  • vitamin — is pronounced vit ǝ min in BrE and viy tǝ min in AmE and in some other parts of the English speaking world …   Modern English usage

  • vitamin — ► NOUN ▪ any of a group of organic compounds which are essential for normal nutrition and have to be supplied in the diet because they cannot be synthesized by the body. ORIGIN from Latin vita life + AMINE(Cf. ↑amine), because vitamins were… …   English terms dictionary

  • vitamin — [vīt′ə min; ] Brit [ vit′ə min] n. [earlier vitamine < Ger: so named (1913) by C. Funk (1884 1967), Pol biochemist < L vita, life (see VITAL) + Ger amin,AMINE: from the orig. mistaken idea that these substances all contain amino acids] 1.… …   English World dictionary

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