Vitamin C

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Vitamin C
L-Ascorbic acid.svg
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Clinical data
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Pregnancy
category
  • A
Routes o
admeenistration
oral
ATC code
Legal status
Legal status
  • US: OTC
  • general public availability
Pharmacokinetic data
Bioavailabilityrapid & complete
Protein bindinnegligible
Biological hauf-lifevaries accordin tae plasma concentration
Excretionrenal
Identifiers
SynonymsL-ascorbic acid
CAS Nummer
PubChem CID
DrugBank
ChemSpider
UNII
KEGG
ChEBI
ChEMBL
NIAID ChemDB
E nummerE300 (antioxidants, ...)
ECHA InfoCard100.000.061
Chemical and physical data
FormulaC6H8O6
Molar mass176.12 g/mole
3D model (Jmol)
Density1.694 g/cm3
Meltin pynt190 °C (374 °F)
Bylin pynt553 °C (1,027 °F)
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Vitamin C or L-ascorbic acid, or simply ascorbate (the anion o ascorbic acid), is an essential nutrient for humans an certain ither ainimal species. Vitamin C refers tae a nummer o vitamers that hae vitamin C activity in ainimals, includin ascorbic acid an its sauts, an some oxidized forms o the molecule lik dehydroascorbic acid. Ascorbate an ascorbic acid are baith naiturally present in the body when either o these is introduced intae cells, syne the forms interconvert accordin tae pH.