Definition of Folate

1. Noun. A B vitamin that is essential for cell growth and reproduction.

Definition of Folate

1. Noun. (vitamin) A salt or ester of folic acid, especially one present in the vitamin B complex. ¹

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Definition of Folate

1. folacin [n -S] - See also: folacin

Medical Definition of Folate

1. Molecule that acts as a carrier of one carbon units in intermediary metabolism. It contains residues of p aminobenzoate, glutamate and a substituted pteridine. The latter cannot be synthesised by mammals, which must obtain tetrahydrofolate as a vitamin or from intestinal microorganisms. One carbon units are carried at three different levels of oxidation, as methyl, methylene or formimino groups. Important biosyntheses dependent on tetrahydrofolate include those of methionine, thymine and purines. Analogues of dihydrofolate, such as aminopterin and methotrexate block the action of tetrahydrofolate by inhibiting its regeneration from dihydrofolate. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Folate

foist off
folate (current term)
folate antagonist
fold-back elements
fold boat
fold boats
fold of chorda tympani
fold of laryngeal nerve
fold of left vena cava
fold of superior laryngeal nerve

Literary usage of Folate

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1. Nutrient Composition of Rations for Short-term, High-intensity Combat Operations by Fnb, Institute of Medicine (U. S.), High-stress Situations, Committee on Military Nutrition Research, National Academy of Sciences (2005)
"folate RECOMMENDATION: The assault ration should contain 400-560 ui; of folate (either as food folate or folate added to foods), based on the current RDA ..."

2. Dietary Reference Intakes Research Synthesis: Workshop Summary by Carol West Suitor, Linda D. Meyers (2007)
"Potential indicator of folate requirement Preliminary data from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) indicate that a ..."

3. Wic Food Packages: Time for a Change by Institute Of Medicine (2006)
"folate in Dietary folate Equivalents—The DRIs report folate as microgram DEE ... For this report, the amount of folate was calculated by applying the ..."

4. Code of Federal Regulations: Title 21: Food and Drugs by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Staff (2005)
"An estimate of the reduction in the number of neural tube defect-affected births that might occur in the United States if all women consumed adequate folate ..."

5. Alternative Medicine: Expanding Medical Horizons by DIANE Publishing Company (1995)
"The current RDA for folate is 180 micrograms (ug) per day for women, ... Researchers examining the role of folate in preventing cancer and cardiovascular ..."

6. A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra: Their Own Story by Andrei Maylunas (2005)
"Chromosome fragility in 96 h, low-folate cultures was found to be associated with smoking status, coffee consumption, and blood folate level. ..."

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