Vitamin C crystals, LM

Vitamin C crystals, LM

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Caption: Light micrograph (LM) of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) crystals. Ascorbic acid is an organic acid found in citrus fruits and an antioxidant also known as vitamin C. Primates (including humans) and a few other species, such as the guinea pig, cannot synthesize vitamin C from glucose, resulting in the deficiency called scurvy. Ascorbic acid is a natural preservative. Magnification: x40 when shortest axis printed at 25 millimetres.

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Keywords: 891020-15, acid, antioxidant, ascorbic, c, colored, coloured, crystal, crystals, false-colored, false-coloured, light, lm, metabolism, micrograph, natural, organic, preservative, scurvy, vitamin

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