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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A yellowish-orange compound, C19H19N7O6, of the vitamin B complex group, occurring in green plants, fresh fruit, liver, and yeast. Also called folacin, folate, vitamin Bc.

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  • n. A polycyclic heterocyclic carboxylic acid, one of the vitamin B complex, essential for cell growth and reproduction

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a B vitamin that is essential for cell growth and reproduction

Etymologies

Latin folium, leaf; see folium + -ic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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