Folic-acid meaning

fōlĭk, fŏlĭk
A yellowish-orange compound, C19 H19 N7 O6 , of the vitamin B complex group, occurring in green plants, fresh fruit, liver, and yeast.
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A crystalline substance, C19H19N7O6, found in green leaves and in certain other plant and animal tissues, exhibiting vitamin B activity: used in medicine, esp. for treating certain anemias.
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A yellowish-orange compound, C19 H19 N7 O6 , found in nature in the form of various folates or produced synthetically, used as a dietary supplement and to fortify foods, especially wheat flour.
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A water-soluble vitamin belonging to the vitamin B complex that is necessary for the formation of red blood cells and important in embryonic development. It is also the parent compound of coenzymes in various metabolic reactions. Folic acid is found especially in green leafy vegetables, liver, and fresh fruit. Deficiency of folic acid in the diet results in anemia. Chemical formula: C19H19N7O6.
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(biochemistry, organic chemistry) A polycyclic heterocyclic carboxylic acid, one of the vitamin B complex, essential for cell growth and reproduction.
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Origin of folic-acid

  • Latin folium leaf folium –ic

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition