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calciferol

Definition:

a fat-soluble vitamin that prevents rickets

Class:

substance noun (substance and materials)

Plural:

calciferols

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Example:

ergosterol

Etymology:

from calcif(erous + ergost)erol
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Vitamin D

a group of fat-soluble secosteroids responsible for intestinal absorption of calcium and phosphate. In humans, the most important related compounds of vitamin D are vitamin D2 and vitamin D3. Cholecalciferol and ergocalciferol... (32 of 11444 words, 7 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Vitamin D

Columbia Encyclopedia:

vitamin | ascorbic acid | calciferol | choline | folacin | inositol | niacinamide | nicotinamide | pteroylglutamic acid | ...

group of organic substances that are required in the diet of humans and animals for normal growth, maintenance of life, and normal reproduction. ... (23 of 511 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0851047​.html

Collins Dictionary:

calciferol | vitamin D2 [synonym] | C28H43OH [chemical formula]

a fat-soluble steroid, found especially in fish-liver oils, produced by the action of ultraviolet radiation on ergosterol. It increases the absorption ... (21 of 277 words, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/calciferol

American Heritage Dictionary:

vitamin D | vitamin D2 | vitamin D3 | calciferol [sense-specific] | ergocalciferol [sense-specific] | cholecalciferol [sense-specific] | C28H44[chemical formula, sense-specific] | C27H44[chemical formula, sense-specific]

A fat-soluble vitamin occurring in several forms, especially vitamin ... | A white crystalline compound, ..., produced by ultraviolet irradiation of ... (20 of 89 words, 3 definitions)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/vitamin-d

Oxford Dictionary:

calciferol | ergocalciferol [synonym, sense-specific] | vitamin D2 [synonym, sense-specific]

Syllabification: (cal·cif·er·ol) | [biochemistry] | one of the D vitamins, a sterol that is formed when its isomer ergosterol is exposed to ... (20 of 61 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/calciferol

calciferol [biochemistry] | ergocalciferol [synonym] | vitamin D2 [synonym]

one of the D vitamins, a sterol which is formed when its isomer ergosterol is exposed to ultraviolet light, and which is routinely added to dairy ... (26 of 56 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/calciferol

Merriam-Webster:

calciferol | C28H43OH [chemical formula]

an alcohol .. usually prepared by irradiation of ergosterol and used as a dietary supplement in nutrition and medicinally in the control of rickets ... (24 of 50 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/calciferol

Random House Dictionary:

calciferol [biochemistry] | vitamin D [synonym] | C28H43OH [chemical formula]

a fat-soluble, crystalline, unsaturated alcohol occurring in milk, fish-liver oils, etc., produced by ultraviolet irradiation of ergosterol, and used ... (19 of 40 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/calciferol

New World Dictionary:

ergocalciferol | viosterol

a crystalline sterol, CHOH, formed by the ultraviolet irradiation of ergosterol; vitamin D (13 of 19 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ergocalciferol

Wiktionary:

calciferol

Constituent of vitamin D2. (4 of 6 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/calciferol

Britannica Encyclopedia:

vitamin D [chemical compound]

any of a group of fat-soluble vitamins important in calcium metabolism in animals. It's formed by ultraviolet radiation of sterols present in the ... (23 of 880 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/631106​/vitamin-D

Macmillan British Dictionary:

vitamin D [uncountable, medical]

a vitamin found in fish and eggs that is important for bones and teeth. It's also produced by the action of sunlight on your skin. (25 of 53 words)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/vitamin-D

Cambridge Dictionary:

vitamin D

any of a group of vitamins found in foods such as liver, oily fish and egg yolk, important for healthy bones and teeth (23 of 28 words)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/vitamin-d

Encarta Dictionary:

vitamin D2 | calciferol [biochemistry] | ergocalciferol [biochemistry] | viosterol [biochemistry] | vitamin D [derived]

a form of vitamin D made by plants (8 of 16 words)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861734390​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

calciferol

First use: 20th century

Origin: from calcif(erous + ergost)erol

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/calciferol

American Heritage Dictionary:

calciferol

Origin: "calciferous" + "-ol" [entry 1].

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ergocalciferol

Origin: "ergot" + "calciferol".

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ergot

Origin: French, from Old French argot, cock's spur (from its shape).

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Oxford Dictionary:

calciferol

First use: 1930s

Origin: "calciferous" + "-ol"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/calciferol

-ol

Origin: "..." from alcohol; "..." from Latin oleum "oil". See also "-ole"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/--ol

ergocalciferol

First use: 1950s

Origin: blend of "ergot" and "calciferol"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/ergocalciferol

Merriam-Webster:

calciferol

First use: 1931

Origin: calciferous + ergosterol

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/calciferol

cholecalciferol

First use: 1955

Origin: International Scientific Vocabulary

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/cholecalciferol

New World Dictionary:

calciferol

Origin: "calciferous" + ergosterol

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calciferous

Origin: "calci-" + "-ferous"

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Encarta Dictionary:

ergocalciferol

First use: Early 20th century

Origin: ergot

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861609019​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

calciferol

Audio: British English pronunciation of "calciferol"

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cholecalciferol

Audio: British English pronunciation of "cholecalciferol"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/cholecalciferol

the Free Dictionary:

calciferol

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "calciferol"

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cholecalciferol

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "cholecalciferol"

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ergocalciferol

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "ergocalciferol"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "ergocalciferol"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "ergocalciferol" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

calciferol

Audio: English pronunciation of "calciferol"

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cholecalciferol

Audio: English pronunciation of "cholecalciferol"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

calciferol

Audio: North American pronunciation of "calciferol"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=calcif​01 word=calciferol

cholecalciferol

Audio: North American pronunciation of "cholecalciferol"

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YourDictionary Audio:

calciferol

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "calciferol" by speech synthesizer

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cholecalciferol

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "cholecalciferol" by speech synthesizer

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ergocalciferol

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "ergocalciferol" by speech synthesizer

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