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antioxidant

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n. a substance capable of neutralizing oxygen free radicals, the highly active and damaging atoms and chemical groups produced by various disease processes and by poisons,...

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antioxidant nutrients

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Highly reactive oxygen radicals are formed during normal oxidative metabolism and in response to infection and some chemicals. They cause damage to fatty acids in cell membranes, and the...

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antiscorbutic

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1 describing an agent that opposes or prevents the development of scurvy.

2 any agent with antiscorbutic properties.

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antiscorbutic factor

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former term for any substance with vitamin C activity.

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ascorbic acid

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The water-soluble vitamin C that occurs in large quantities in fruit and vegetables, a deficiency of which causes scurvy in humans.

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ascorbin stearate

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An ester of ascorbic acid and stearic acid; a fat-soluble form of vitamin C which is used as an antioxidant.

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cancer

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A malignant neoplasm (including both carcinoma and sarcoma) which arises from the abnormal and uncontrolled division of cells and which invades and destroys the surrounding tissues. The...

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capillary fragility

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A measure of the resistance to rupture of the small blood vessels (capillaries), which leads to leakage of red blood cells into tissue spaces. Deficiency of vitamin C can lead to increased...

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connective tissue

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The tissue that supports, binds, or separates more specialized tissues and organs or functions as a packing tissue of the body. It consists of an amorphous ground substance of...

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dehydroascorbic acid

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Oxidized vitamin C, which is readily reduced back to the active form in the body, and therefore has vitamin activity.

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