vitamin B12

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Syn: cobalamin, because it contains cobalt. With intrinsic factor, a glycoprotein secreted in gastric juices, this is reabsorbed in the ileum. Deficiency causes sprue or malabsorption syndrome and anemia. Recommendations and cobalamin content of various foods are available at http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/vitaminb12.asp.

Subjects: Medicine and Health.

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