calciferol


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calciferol:

see vitaminvitamin,
group of organic substances that are required in the diet of humans and animals for normal growth, maintenance of life, and normal reproduction. Vitamins act as catalysts; very often either the vitamins themselves are coenzymes, or they form integral parts of coenzymes.
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calciferol

[kal′sif·ə‚rōl]
(biochemistry)
A synthetic form of vitamin D that is prepared by ultraviolet irradiation of ergosterol, a vitamin D precursor found in plants.

calciferol

a fat-soluble steroid, found esp in fish-liver oils, produced by the action of ultraviolet radiation on ergosterol. It increases the absorption of calcium from the intestine and is used in the treatment of rickets. Formula: C28H43OH
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The involution of tissues and organs in elderly people may also reduce the synthesis of active calciferol metabolites (16)(17)(18).
Phytase, citric acid, and 1[alpha]-hydroxychole- calciferol improve phytate phosphorus utilization in chicks fed a corn-soybean meal diet.
Calciferol was used to treat tuberculosis in the late 1940s and treatment was rationalised based on its role in the calcification of tuberculosis lesions.
All-trans retinoic acid antagonizes the action of calciferol and its active metabolite, 1,25-dihydroxycholecaliferol, in rats.