folic acid

folic acid

noun Biochemistry.
a water-soluble vitamin that is converted to a coenzyme essential to purine and thymine biosynthesis: deficiency causes a form of anemia.
Also called folate.


Origin:
1940–45

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

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folic acid fo·lic acid (fō'lĭk, fŏl'ĭk)
n.
A yellowish-orange compound of the vitamin B complex group, occurring in green plants, fresh fruit, liver, and yeast. Also called folacin, folate, vitamin Bc.

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folic acid   (fō'lĭk, fŏl'ĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
A water-soluble vitamin belonging to the vitamin B complex that is necessary for the formation of red blood cells and important in embryonic development. It is also the parent compound of coenzymes in various metabolic reactions. Folic acid is found especially in green leafy vegetables, liver, and fresh fruit. Deficiency of folic acid in the diet results in anemia. Chemical formula: C19H19N7O6.
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