Definition of pteroylglutamic acid in English:

pteroylglutamic acid

noun

  • another term for folic acid
    • ‘Folic acid, also known as folacin and pteroylglutamic acid, is one of the B-complex vitamins that interact with vitamin B12 for the synthesis of DNA, which is important for all cells in the body.’
    • ‘The addition of vitamin B12 to the pyridine diet improved the growth of the rats, and the addition of either vitamin B12 or pteroylglutamic acid resulted in increased liver choline oxidase activity.’

Origin

1940s: the initial element of pteroylglutamic is from Greek pteron wing, with reference to insect pigments.

Pronunciation:

pteroylglutamic acid

/-rəʊɪl-//ˌtɛrəʊʌɪlɡlʊˈtamɪk/