Definition of folic acid in English:

folic acid


  • 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.’
    • ‘In people with vitamin B - 12 deficiency, giving folic acid does much more than mask any anaemia.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To produce red blood cells, the body needs iron, vitamin B12 and folic acid.’


folic acid

/ˌfōlik ˈasəd/ /ˌfoʊlɪk ˈæsəd/


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