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Ergocalciferol

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Ergocalciferol (ER-goh-kal-SIH-feh-rol)A form of vitamin D that helps the body use calcium and phosphorus to make strong bones and teeth.

Fat soluble vitamin

It is fat-soluble (can dissolve in fats and oils) and is found in plants and yeast.

Sun exposure

It can be made in the body from another form of vitamin D when the body is exposed to the sun.

Vitamin D deficiency

Ergocalciferol is also made in the laboratory. It is used to prevent and to treat vitamin D deficiency.

Dietary supplement

It is a type of dietary supplement.

Other names

Also called vitamin D2.

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