a•scor'bic ac'id

Pronunciation: (u-skôr'bik), [key] Biochem.
a white, crystalline, water-soluble vitamin, C6H8O6, 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 antiscorbutic acid, vitamin C.

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