Definitions

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)

Examples

  • But when folic acid and genestein—a component of soy—were given to pregnant mice, they were both independently shown to interfere with the negative genetic expressions induced by BPA, sparing the newborn mice from the physical alterations and genetic response to the chemical.

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  • In the August 2002 edition of Health and Healing, Dr. Julian Whitaker stated that someone with a family history of colon cancer can reduce the doubled risk of getting colon cancer to that of the average person by taking 400 mcg of folic acid every day.

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  • The federal appellate court found that claims about the important reproductive health and birth-defect-preventing benefits of folic acid had been unconstitutionally suppressed by the FDA.

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