folic acid

noun

fo·​lic acid ˈfō-lik- How to pronounce folic acid (audio)
: 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 And while continuing to use them while breastfeeding is common, doses may exceed your necessary iron and folic acid levels. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 28 Oct. 2023 Harris-Pincus explained that fortified foods can contain several vitamins and minerals that sound like chemicals but are important to public health, such as folic acid to help prevent neural tube defects in pregnancy. Lauren Manaker Ms, Rdn, Ld, Health, 3 Feb. 2024 However, Bazilian said that besides folic acid, iron, and the essential fatty acid DHA, the vitamins and minerals in most prenatal vitamins are pretty standard. Kathleen Felton, Health, 3 Jan. 2024 Two nutrients to pay attention to are iron and folic acid. Kathleen Felton, Health, 3 Jan. 2024 Malaria is endemic in Nigeria and infections pose various risks during pregnancy, such as premature labour and miscarriage, and folic acid is recommended for those who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, to reduce the risk of certain birth defects. Adie Vanessa Offiong, CNN, 29 Nov. 2023 Adequate folic acid intake can significantly reduce the risk of birth defects in pregnant women. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 15 Aug. 2023 What are the causes and consequences of low folic acid levels? Veronica Cristino, Vogue, 4 Aug. 2023 Another medical contractor reported to investigators giving the nurse documents and folic acid tablets found in the family's property. Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News, 2 June 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Latin folium

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of folic acid was in 1941

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“Folic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/folic%20acid. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

folic acid

noun
fo·​lic acid ˌfō-lik- How to pronounce folic acid (audio)
: a crystalline vitamin of the B complex used especially in the treatment of anemia resulting from inadequate intake of nutrients

Medical Definition

folic acid

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