Folate deficiency

Folate deficiency
Folic acid, a precursor of active B9

Folate deficiency, also known as vitamin B9 deficiency, is a low level of folate and derivatives in the body. Signs of folate deficiency are often subtle. A low number of red blood cells (anemia) is a late finding in folate deficiency and folate deficiency anemia is the term given for this medical condition.[1] It is characterized by the appearance of large-sized, abnormal red blood cells (megaloblasts), which form when there are inadequate stores of folic acid within the body.[2]

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  2. ^ Tamparo C (2011). Diseases of the Human Body (Fifth ed.). Philadelphia, PA. pp. 337. ISBN 978-0-8036-2505-1.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)

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