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Folic Acid Deficiency

A nutritional condition produced by a deficiency of FOLIC ACID in the diet. Many plant and animal tissues contain folic acid, abundant in green leafy vegetables, yeast, liver, and mushrooms but destroyed by long-term cooking. Alcohol interferes with its intermediate metabolism and absorption. Folic acid deficiency may develop in long-term anticonvulsant therapy or with use of oral contraceptives. This deficiency causes anemia, macrocytic anemia, and megaloblastic anemia. It is indistinguishable from vitamin B 12 deficiency in peripheral blood and bone marrow findings, but the neurologic lesions seen in B 12 deficiency do not occur. (Merck Manual, 16th ed)

Year introduced: 1966(1964)

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Tree Number(s): C18.654.521.500.133.699.308

MeSH Unique ID: D005494

Entry Terms:

  • Deficiency, Folic Acid
  • Acid Deficiencies, Folic
  • Acid Deficiency, Folic
  • Deficiencies, Folic Acid
  • Folic Acid Deficiencies

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