folic acidfo·lic acid
a crystalline substance, CHNO, found in green leaves and in certain other plant and animal tissues, exhibiting vitamin B activity: used in medicine, esp. for treating certain anemias
Origin of folic acidfrom Classical Latin folium, a leaf (see foliate) + -ic
A yellowish-orange compound, C19H19N7O6, found in nature in the form of various folates or produced synthetically, used as a dietary supplement and to fortify foods, especially wheat flour. Also called folacin .
Origin of folic acidLatin folium leaf ; see folium. -ic