Definition: A six carbon compound related to glucose. It is found naturally in citrus fruits and many vegetables. Ascorbic acid is an essential nutrient in human diets, and necessary to maintain connective tissue and bone. Its biologically active form, vitamin C, functions as a reducing agent and coenzyme in several metabolic pathways. Vitamin C is considered an antioxidant.
Other names Vitamin C; L Ascorbic Acid; Ascorbate, Sodium; Ascorbate, Ferrous; Acid, L-Ascorbic; Acid, Ascorbic; Sodium Ascorbate; Magnorbin; Magnesium Ascorbicum; L-Ascorbic Acid; Hybrin; Ferrous Ascorbate; Ascorbic Acid, Monosodium Salt