Definition of folic acid in English:

folic acid


mass nounBiochemistry
  • A vitamin of the B complex found especially in leafy green vegetables, liver, and kidney.

    • ‘Dietary sources of folic acid include green leafy vegetables, breakfast cereals and bread.’
    • ‘To produce red blood cells, the body needs iron, vitamin B12 and folic acid.’
    • ‘When stored in the liver or ingested folic acid exists in a polyglutamate form.’
    • ‘Conversely, her dietary intake of calcium, folic acid, fiber and vitamins is low.’
    • ‘In people with vitamin B - 12 deficiency, giving folic acid does much more than mask any anaemia.’


1940s: folic from Latin folium ‘leaf’ + -ic.


folic acid

/ˌfɒlɪk ˈasɪd//ˌfəʊlɪk ˈasɪd/