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ergocalciferol

Definition:

a fat-soluble vitamin that prevents rickets

Class:

substance noun (substance and materials)

Plural:

ergocalciferols

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Example:

ergosterol

Synonyms:

C28H44O [chemical formula] | calciferol | cholecalciferol | D | viosterol | vitamin D | vitamin D2 | vitamin D2

Etymology:

blend of "ergot" and "calciferol"
(Source: Oxford Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Ergocalciferol | vitamin D2 | Deltalin | Drisdol [synonym] | Calcidol [synonym] | C28H44[chemical formula]

a provitamin form of vitamin D, also called vitamin D2. In isolated manufactured formats, it's marketed under various names including Deltalin, discontinued Drisdol, and Calcidol. Ergocalciferol is created when ultraviolet light activates ... (32 of 1220 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Ergocalciferol

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:

ergocalciferol

Syllabification: (er·go·cal·cif·er·ol) | [biochemistry] | another term for "calciferol", "vitamin D2". (9 of 34 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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

ergocalciferol [biochemistry]

another term for "calciferol", "vitamin D2" (6 of 30 words, pronunciation)

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

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:

ergocalciferol | ergocalciferols [plural]

Constituent of vitamin D1 and vitamin D2. (7 of 8 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ergocalciferol

Random House Dictionary:

vitamin D | vitamin D1 | vitamin D2 | vitamin D3 | C27H43OH [chemical formula, sense-specific]

any of the several fat-soluble, antirachitic vitamins D1, ... | "vitamin D1" : a mixture of lumisterol and calciferol, obtained by ... (20 of 79 words, 4 definitions)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/vitamin-d

Collins Dictionary:

vitamin D | vitamin D2 | vitamin D2 | calciferol [sense-specific]

Same as "calciferol" | another name for "calciferol" (7 of 341 words, 2 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/vitamin-d​2

Merriam-Webster:

vitamin D | vitamin D2 | vitamin D3

any or all of several fat-soluble vitamins chemically related to steroids, essential for normal bone and tooth structure, and found especially in ... (22 of 74 words, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/vitamin d

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

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

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

Oxford Dictionary:

ergocalciferol

First use: 1950s

Origin: blend of "ergot" and "calciferol"

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

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

American Heritage Dictionary:

ergocalciferol

Origin: "ergot" + "calciferol".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ergocalciferol

ergot

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

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ergot

calciferol

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

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/calciferol

Collins Dictionary:

calciferol

First use: 20th century

Origin: from calcif(erous + ergost)erol

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

Merriam-Webster:

calciferol

First use: 1931

Origin: calciferous + ergosterol

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

New World Dictionary:

calciferol

Origin: "calciferous" + ergosterol

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/calciferol

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

the Free Dictionary:

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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calciferol

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "calciferol"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "calciferol"

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

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/calciferol

YourDictionary Audio:

ergocalciferol

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

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calciferol

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

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Collins Dictionary:

calciferol

Audio: British English pronunciation of "calciferol"

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

Google Dictionary:

calciferol

Audio: English pronunciation of "calciferol"

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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

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