a B vitamin (C10H16N2O3S
) that aids in body growth; -- called also vitamin H
and coenzyme R
. It functions as a coenzyme in many carboxylation reactions.
"Biotin binds tightly to the substance avidin, found in raw egg-whites. Rats or chick on a diet high in raw egg-white may develop skin lesions and retarded growth, which can be prevented by adding biotin to the diet."