Ascorbic acid

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Ascorbic acid

(Science: biochemistry) a requisite in the diet of man and guinea pigs. May act as a reducing agent in enzymic reactions, particularly those catalysed by hydroxylases.

Synonym: vitamin c. A vitamin found in fresh fruits (especially citrus fruits) and vegetables; prevents scurvy.More commonly known as vitamin c which is found in citrus fruits and some green vegetables. Lack of this vitamin can result in scurvy.

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