Vitamin C

Dr Craig Hacking et al.

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a water soluble vitamin that is a coenzyme for the formation of the structure protein collagen, particularly creating cross-linking of collagen fibres which greatly increases its tensile strength. It also acts as an antioxidant.

Related pathology

Pathological manifestations can occur both in excess and deficiency:

  • hypervitaminosis C has not been observed, but the oxidised form of ascorbic acid can be toxic.
  • hypovitaminosis C: scurvy
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Article information

rID: 49233
Section: Pathology
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • ascorbic acid
  • ascorbate

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