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Meaning of ascorbic acid

a•scor'bic ac'id

Pronunciation: (u-skôr'bik), [key]
— Biochem. Biochem.
  1. a white, crystalline, water-soluble vitamin, CHO, occurring naturally in citrus fruits, green vegetables, etc., and often produced synthetically, essential for normal metabolism: used in the prevention and treatment of scurvy, and in wound-healing and tissue repair. Also called
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