pteroylglutamic acid


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pter·o·yl·glu·tam·ic acid

 (tĕr′ō-ĭl-glo͞o-tăm′ĭk)
n.
Folic acid.

[ptero(ic acid), an amino acid (pterin, a chemical compound derived from pteridine, a compound first identified in butterflies' wings from Greek pteron, wing; see pet- in Indo-European roots + -oic) + -yl + glutamic acid.]
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Noun1.pteroylglutamic 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
References in periodicals archive ?
Folic acid is chemically known as pteroylglutamic acid and is a crystalline substance.
Other forms present may include pteroylglutamic acid (PGA), 5-formyltetrahydrofolic acid (5-formylTHF), tetrahydrofolic acid (THF), and other reduced forms (10, 11), and possibly 4-[alpha]-hydroxy-5-methylTHF (hmTHF) (12).
Folic acid or pteroylglutamic acid was first synthesized and named in the 1940s.