fo·​late ˈfō-ˌlāt How to pronounce folate (audio)

Examples of folate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, omega-3 fatty acids in fish and shellfish promote fetal brain development, and the folate in peanuts helps prevent neural tube defects, such as spina bifida. Kaitlin Bell, Parents, 6 Feb. 2024 When the cells walls of asparagus are weakened by steaming, for example, vitamins A, C, E, K and B folate are more available to be absorbed by the body. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 1 Feb. 2024 Nut butter also provides an additional boost of protein, important plant compounds, and vitamins and minerals such as folate and vitamin E. Then there’s dark chocolate, which contains iron, magnesium, other nutrients, and powerful antioxidants called flavanols that may support heart health. Lauren Manaker, Health, 8 June 2023 Naturally, folate can be found in the likes of leafy greens, peanuts, sunflower seeds, eggs, beans, and more. Sean Evans, Robb Report, 14 Jan. 2024 Folic acid, also known as B9, is a water-soluble vitamin belonging to the folate group. Veronica Cristino, Vogue, 4 Aug. 2023 Avocados are packed with monounsaturated fats, fiber, vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, and nutrients like riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and potassium. Nick Blackmer, Verywell Health, 6 Nov. 2023 Quinoa: Quinoa, a grain native to South America, is packed with vitamins, zinc, magnesium, and folate. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 6 Oct. 2023 Superb Practicality Beans provide protein, fiber, folate, iron, potassium, and magnesium while containing little or no total fat, trans-fat, sodium, and cholesterol. Melissa Breyer, Treehugger, 10 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of folate was in 1944

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“Folate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


fo·​late ˈfō-ˌlāt How to pronounce folate (audio)
: folic acid
the uptake of folate by the mutantBiological Abstracts
also : a salt or ester of folic acid

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