a B vitamin, the natural form of folic acid, that is needed to produce and maintain new cells, found in spinach, beans, citrus fruits, etc.
Origin of folatefol(ic acid) + -ate
- Any of several naturally occurring water-soluble compounds of the vitamin B complex that function in the metabolism of nucleic acids and amino acids and are found in leafy greens, fresh fruits, legumes, liver, and eggs, or are produced in the body by metabolism of folic acid. Folate deficiency during pregnancy can lead to neural tube defects in newborns.
- Folic acid or any of various derivatives and reduced forms of folic acid.
Origin of folatefol(ic acid) -ate 2
From folic acid