[ foh-lik, fol-ik ]
/ ˈfoʊ lɪk, ˈfɒl ɪk /


of or derived from folic acid.

Origin of folic

< Latin fol(ium) folium + -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for folic

  • They're aye put oot, a time or twa, an' they gang to folic that ken them, an' syne they tak' to ithers.

    Greyfriars Bobby|Eleanor Atkinson
  • Iron deficiency can cause anemia, as can vitamin B12 or folic acid deficiency.

Word Origin and History for folic



in reference to type of acid, 1941, coined from Latin folium "leaf" (see folio) + -ic. So called for its abundance in green leaves, such as those of spinach.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper