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[20] Vitamins were originally vitamines: the Polish-born biochemist Casimir Funk who introduced them to the world in 1920 believed that they were amino acids and so formed the name from Latin vita ‘life’ and amine. It was soon discovered that Funk’s belief was mistaken, and alternative names were suggested, but in 1920 it was successfully proposed (by J.C. Drummond) that the -e be dropped to avoid confusion, and the form vitamin was born. => AMINE, VITAL
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   The essential food element was so named in 1913 (originally as vitamine) by the American biochemist Casimir Funk, basing the word on Latin vita, 'life,' and English amine, from his belief that vitamins contained amino acid. (When he was found to be wrong, the spelling was altered as now, to avoid this association.)

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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