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Definition of Calcitriol

Calcitriol: The active form of vitamin D. Calcitriol is formed in the kidneys or made in the laboratory. It is used as a drug to increase calcium levels in the body in order to treat skeletal and tissue-related calcium deficiencies caused by kidney or thyroid disorders.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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