pantothenic acid[pan′tō t̸hen′ik]
pantothenic acid definition by Webster's New World
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a yellow, viscous oil, CHNO, a member of the vitamin B complex, widely distributed in animal and plant tissues and prepared synthetically: thought to be essential for cell growth and used in treating certain anemias
Origin: Classical Greek pantothen, from every side ; from pantos (see panto-) plush -ic
pantothenic acid definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
A yellow oily acid, C9H17NO5, belonging to and found widely in plant and animal tissues.
Origin: From Greek pantothen, from all sides : panto-, all (from pās, pant-; see Pan- ) + -then, adv. suff.
pantothenic acid - Medical Definition
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An oily acid that is widely found in plant and animal tissues, is a component of CoA and a part of the vitamin B2 complex, and functions as a growth factor.
pantothenic acid - Science Definition
A water-soluble organic acid belonging to the vitamin B complex that is an essential component of coenzyme A. It is a derivative of the amino acid alanine, and it is important in the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates. Pantothenic acid is found in all animal and plant cells, but it is particularly abundant in liver, rice bran, molasses, and many vegetables. Chemical formula: C9H17NO5.