AskDefine | Define provitamin

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provitamin n : vitamin precursor; a substance that is converted into a vitamin in animal tissues

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Noun

  1. Any biologically inactive compound that may be converted into a vitamin within an animal organism

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Extensive Definition

A provitamin is a substance that can be converted into a vitamin by animal tissues. For example, carotene can be converted to Vitamin A by the human body.
provitamin in German: Provitamin
provitamin in Spanish: Provitamina
provitamin in French: Provitamine
provitamin in Macedonian: Провитамин
provitamin in Polish: Prowitamina
provitamin in Slovak: Provitamín
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