Gershoff, Stanley N. Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts.
Lindenmaier, Werner A. Hoffmann-LaRoche, Inc., Nutley, New Jersey.
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A white, crystalline, water-soluble vitamin found in many plant materials, especially citrus fruit; also known as l-ascorbic acid. Vitamin C (alternatively, l-ascorbic acid) is a white, crystalline compound that is highly soluble in water. It is a stronger reducing agent than the hexose sugars, which it resembles chemically. Vitamin C deficiency in humans has been known for centuries as scurvy. The compound has the structural formula of C6H8O6 (see illustration). See also: Vitamin
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