Meaning of calcitriol


Pronunciation: (kal-si'trē-ôl", -ol"), [key]
— n.
  1. a vitamin D compound, CHO, occurring in humans as a hormone derived from cholesterol, that acts in the regulation and absorption of calcium.
  2. a preparation of this compound, used in the treatment of osteoporosis and bone fracture.
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