folic acid

noun
fo·​lic acid | \ ˈfō-lik- How to pronounce folic acid (audio) \

Definition of folic acid

: a crystalline vitamin C19H19N7O6 of the B complex that is required for normal production of red blood cells, is used especially in the treatment of nutritional anemias, and occurs chiefly in green leafy vegetables, liver, kidneys, dried beans, and mushrooms

called also pteroylglutamic acid

Examples of folic acid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To this day, bread is enriched with such vitamins and minerals as thiamin, folic acid, and calcium. Saveur, "A History of Bread in America," 22 Apr. 2012 She was first inspired by the writings of Benjamin Franklin on the subject in the pages of The Pennsylvania Gazette, and forever changed when one of her cousins died at age 4 from a disease that could have been prevented with simple folic acid. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Former Saturday Evening Post publisher and editor Dr. Cory SerVaas dies in Indianapolis," 12 Mar. 2020 For instance, deficiencies in iron, vitamin B and folic acid have been associated with angular cheilitis, a common skin condition marked by fissures, scaling or crusting in the corners of the mouth. NBC News, "How to heal dry, chapped lips, according to dermatologists," 20 Feb. 2020 This month, a team of nutrition experts converged in Addis Ababa to lay groundwork for an unproven but possibly highly effective intervention: fortifying Ethiopia’s salt supply with folic acid, a synthetic form of the B vitamin folate. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "Could adding folic acid to salt curb Ethiopia's sky-high rate of spinal cord deformities?," 25 Nov. 2019 On its website, Fairhaven Health, which sells FertilAid and seven other fertility supplements, touts a clinical trial in which 12 of 16 previously infertile women conceived after taking PABA, a compound in folic acid. Sharon Begley, STAT, "Calling for federal action, watchdog says there’s no evidence dietary supplements for infertility help women get pregnant," 18 Nov. 2019 Nutritionally coconut water does contain some nutrients, including the B vitamins Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), pantothenic acid, folic acid, biotin, as well as trace amounts of thiamin (B1), Vitamin C, potassium, and sodium. Alexandra Hansen, Quartzy, "The health benefits of coconut water have been greatly overstated," 5 Nov. 2019 Cabe, a forest resource specialist for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and an enrolled tribal member in his 40s, grew up gathering sochan—a traditional Cherokee food akin to but milder than spinach that is rich in vitamin C and folic acid. Leigh Ann Henion, Smithsonian, "Cherokee Indians Can Now Harvest Sochan Within a National Park," 19 Sep. 2019 Organ meats are a mixed bag: On one hand, they are packed with nutrients like vitamin A and folic acid, both of which are good for the heart. Alix Wall, sun-sentinel.com, "Some much-loved American Jewish classic foods may increase risk of cancer," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of folic acid

1941, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for folic acid

Latin folium

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“Folic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/folic%20acid. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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folic acid

noun
fo·​lic acid | \ ˌfō-lik- How to pronounce folic acid (audio) \

Medical Definition of folic acid

: a crystalline vitamin C19H19N7O6 of the B complex that is required for normal production of red blood cells, that is used especially in the treatment of nutritional anemias, and that occurs especially in green leafy vegetables, liver, kidneys, dried beans, and mushrooms

called also folacin, folate, Lactobacillus casei factor, pteroylglutamic acid, vitamin Bc, vitamin M

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