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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See vitamin D2.

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  • n. Constituent of vitamin D1 and vitamin D2.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. vitamin D2, one of the D vitamins, a group of related substances that prevent rickets.

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  • n. a fat-soluble vitamin that prevents rickets


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

ergo(t) + calciferol.


  • Also has to be D3 (cholecalciferol, not D2 ergocalciferol) and oil based (softgels, not tablets).

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  • Drisdol is a prescription of 50,000 IU tablets of vitamin D2 or ergocalciferol.

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  • He also recommends taking vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), not vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol), its synthetic analog.

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  • There are two important forms of vitamin D to note: ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) and cholecalciferol (vitamin D3).

  • Cholecalciferol, or Vitamin D3, is a form of Vitamin D that is more easily absorbed and used by the body than the inferior ergocalciferol, which also goes by the name of Vitamin D2.

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  • Vitamin D refers to two biologically inactive precursors - D3, also known as cholecalciferol, and D2, also known as ergocalciferol.

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  • The injectable form of ergocalciferol (300 000 IU) was the only high dose vitamin D product available, and then only sporadically.

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  • The only licensed oral, high dose vitamin D supplements (ergocalciferol tablets 10 000 IU and 50 000 IU) were discontinued by UCB Pharma in May 2009.

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  • The two forms of vitamin D used in dietary supplements are ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) and cholecalciferol (vitamin D3).

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  • When ultraviolet light from the sun hits the leaf of a plant, ergosterol is converted into ergocalciferol, or vitamin D2.

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