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folic acid Line breaks: folic acid
Pronunciation: /ˈfəʊlɪk/

Definition of folic acid in English:


[mass noun] Biochemistry
A vitamin of the B complex found especially in leafy green vegetables, liver, and kidney. Also called pteroylglutamic acid, vitamin M.
Example sentences
  • Dietary sources of folic acid include green leafy vegetables, breakfast cereals and bread.
  • In people with vitamin B - 12 deficiency, giving folic acid does much more than mask any anaemia.
  • When stored in the liver or ingested folic acid exists in a polyglutamate form.


1940s: folic from Latin folium 'leaf' + -ic.

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