vitamin K definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
a fat-soluble vitamin, synthesized constantly by intestinal bacteria in mammals and occurring in certain green vegetables, fish meal, etc., that promotes blood clotting and is required for the synthesis of prothrombin by the liver: the two naturally occurring varieties are , CHO, found chiefly in alfalfa leaves, and , CHO, found chiefly in fish meal: ( menadione) and are prepared synthetically
vitamin K definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A fat-soluble vitamin, occurring in leafy green vegetables, tomatoes, and egg yolks, that promotes blood clotting and prevents hemorrhaging. It exists in several related forms, such as K1 and K2.
A yellow viscous oil, C31H46O2, found in leafy green vegetables or made synthetically, used by the body in the synthesis of prothrombin and in veterinary medicine as an antidote to certain poisons.
nounThe 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 crystalline compound, C41H56O2, isolated from putrefied fish meal or from various intestinal bacteria, used to stop hemorrhaging and in veterinary medicine as an antidote to certain poisons.
vitamin k - Medical Definition
nounThe American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Any of several fat-soluble compounds that are found in alfalfa, hog liver, fish meal, and vegetable oils and are essential for the production of normal amounts of prothrombin. Also called antihemorrhagic factor.
vitamin k - Science Definition
Any of a group of fat-soluble vitamins that are involved in the formation of prothrombin and other clotting factors in the liver and are essential for normal clotting of the blood. (The K is derived from the German word koagulation.) Vitamin K is also involved in bone formation and repair. Two forms occur naturally: vitamin K1, which is synthesized by plants, and vitamin K2, which is mainly synthesized by intestinal bacteria. The other forms are synthetic substances with similar chemical structures.
The major dietary form of vitamin K that is synthesized in plants and found primarily in green, leafy vegetables such as alfalfa and in vegetable oils. It can be made synthetically and is given orally to treat prothrombin deficiency that results from heparin and other anticoagulant drugs. Also called phylloquinone. Chemical formula: C31H46O2.
A form of vitamin K that is synthesized by bacteria in the intestine and is also found in fish and other foods. Also called menaquinone. Chemical formula: C41H56O2.