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Folic Acid Deficiency MeSH Descriptor Data 2021


MeSH Heading
Folic Acid Deficiency
Tree Number(s)
C18.654.521.500.133.699.308
Unique ID
D005494
RDF Unique Identifier
http://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D005494
Scope Note
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)
Entry Version
FOLIC ACID DEFIC
Entry Term(s)
Deficiency, Folic Acid
NLM Classification #
QU 188
See Also
Anemia, Sideroblastic
FIGLU Test
Public MeSH Note
66
History Note
66(64)
Date Established
1966/01/01
Date of Entry
1999/01/01
Revision Date
2003/07/09
Folic Acid Deficiency Preferred
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