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[foh-lik, fol-ik] /ˈfoʊ lɪk, ˈfɒl ɪk/
of or derived from folic acid.
Origin of folic
< Latin fol(ium) folium + -ic Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Folate, also called folic acid, is necessary for red blood cell formation and growth.
  • They should take folic acid in addition to multivitamins and iron.
  • folic acid, iron replacement, and corticosteroids may be used.
  • Many of these side effects are due to folic acid deficiency.
  • Vitamins are usually made from folic acid, which is about twice as potent as folate.
Word Origin and History for folic

in reference to type of acid, 1941, coined from Latin folium "leaf" (see folio) + -ic. So called for its abundance in green leaves, such as those of spinach.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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