calciferol: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (kal-sif'u-rôl", -rol"), [key]
— n. Biochem.
  1. a fat-soluble, crystalline, unsaturated alcohol, CHOH, occurring in milk, fish-liver oils, etc., produced by ultraviolet irradiation of ergosterol, and used as a dietary supplement, as in fortified milk. Also called.
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