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

  • n. A salt or ester of folic acid.
  • n. See folic acid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A salt or ester of folic acid, especially one present in the vitamin B complex.

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

fol(ic acid) + -ate2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From folic acid (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Parsnips -- High in folate and vitamin C. Parsnip soups and mash are fantabulous!

    Carolyn Scott: Why Fall Fruits & Veggies Are So Dang Good for You

  • Folic acid (also known as folate) is a B vitamin that is important for the healthy development of the neural tubes, which eventually become a baby's brain and spinal cord.

    Can folic acid reduce the risk of heart defects, too?

  • Folic acid also known as folate is a B vitamin that is important for the healthy development of the neural tubes, which eventually become a baby's brain and spinal cord.

    Can folic acid reduce the risk of heart defects, too?

  • Nutritionally, there are many benefits but most interesting is that fact that chickpeas are high in folate, which is a B vitamin necessary for creating serotonin which makes us happy and assists in liver regeneration, amongst other things, and in this respect amongst other properties, chickpeas are also similar to spinach - no wonder I feel so good after eating both!

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  • A diet rich in citrus fruits offers protection against cardiovascular disease due to compounds like folate, which is necessary for lowering levels of the cardiovascular risk factorhaemocysteine; potassium, which helps lower blood pressure, protecting against stroke and cardiac arrhythmias; and Vitamin C, carotenoids and flavonoids found in citrus fruits, all of which have been identified as having protective cardiovascular effects.

    Oranges - A Look At The Different Varieties And Their Health Benefits

  • To top it off, sunlight also destroys your reserves of folic acid, also known as folate or vitamin B9.

    You Staying Young

  • Folic acid: Also called folate, folacin, or vitamin B9, folic acid is a B vitamin involved in producing thymidine for DNA replication.

    You Staying Young

  • There is strong evidence that the vitamin folic acid sometimes called folate helps protect against colon and rectal cancer.

    Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy

  • In 1998, after learning women were not getting enough of folic acid, also known as folate, the U.S. government mandated all grain products sold in the country be fortified with it.

    CNN Transcript Apr 24, 2004

  • Avocados -- the ancient Aztecs referred to them as "testicle trees" -- are packed with folate, which is necessary for healthy sperm.

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