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fo·lic acid

 (fō′lĭk, fŏl′ĭk)
n.
A yellowish-orange compound, C19H19N7O6, found in nature in the form of various folates or produced synthetically, used as a dietary supplement and to fortify foods, especially wheat flour. Also called folacin.

[Latin folium, leaf; see folium + -ic.]

folic acid

(ˈfəʊlɪk; ˈfɒl-; ˈfəʊleɪt)
n
(Elements & Compounds) any of a group of vitamins of the B complex, including pteroylglutamic acid and its derivatives: used in the treatment of megaloblastic anaemia. Also called: folacin
[C20: from Latin folium leaf; so called because it may be obtained from green leaves]
ˈfolate n, adj

fo′lic ac′id


n.
a water-soluble vitamin that is converted to a coenzyme essential to purine and thymine biosynthesis: deficiency causes a form of anemia.
[1941; < Latin fol(ium) leaf + -ic]

fo·lic acid

(fō′lĭk, fŏl′ĭk)
A vitamin belonging to the vitamin B complex that is important in cell growth and metabolism. It is found especially in green leafy vegetables and fresh fruit. Lack of folic acid can cause anemia because it is necessary for the formation of red blood cells.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.folic acid - a B vitamin that is essential for cell growth and reproduction
B complex, B vitamin, B-complex vitamin, vitamin B, vitamin B complex, B - originally thought to be a single vitamin but now separated into several B vitamins
Translations
acide folique

folic acid

[ˌfəʊlɪkˈæsɪd] Nácido m fólico

folic acid

nFolsäure f

fo·lic ac·id

n. ácido fólico, miembro del complejo de vitaminas B.

folic acid

n ácido fólico
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