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 For example, as an article on Mom.com explains, there is a specific amount of folic acid and iron that pregnant people are supposed to have in their diet. Stefanie Gordon, Woman's Day, 18 July 2022 The task force also recommended a daily folic acid supplement for people who are pregnant or considering pregnancy. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 21 June 2022 The review examined the impacts of popular supplements like beta carotene, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, selenium and zinc, as well as multivitamins and vitamins A, B, C, D and E. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 21 June 2022 And certain supplements, including folic acid and iron, are recommended to those who are or may soon be pregnant. Alexa Mikhail, Fortune, 23 June 2022 Vitamins and supplements examined included vitamins A, B, C, D and E, as well as calcium, magnesium, beta carotene, folic acid, selenium, zinc and other multivitamins. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 22 June 2022 Pregnant women should take a daily supplement containing 0.4 to 0.8 milligrams (400 to 800 micrograms) of folic acid to prevent neural tube birth defects, according to a separate recommendation from the task force. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 21 June 2022 According to Men's Health, there is some evidence that combining supplements like zinc, folic acid, selenium, and Vitamin C can increase sperm count. Sophie Saint Thomas, Forbes, 6 June 2022 However, people who are pregnant or planning to be pregnant, should take a daily supplement containing 0.4 to 0.8 mg of folic acid, the task force suggests. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 22 June 2022 See More

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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

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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