Folate meaning

fō'lāt'
A salt or ester of folic acid.
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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.
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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.
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Folic acid or any of various derivatives and reduced forms of folic acid.
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(biochemistry) A salt or ester of folic acid, especially one present in the vitamin B complex.
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Origin of folate

fol(ic acid) –ate