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p-aminobenzoic acid

Pronunciation: ă-mē′nō-ben-zō′ik as′id

Definition: 4-aminobenzoic acid, a factor in the vitamin B complex, required for biosynthesis of folate; neutralizes the bacteriostatic effects of the sulfonamides because it furnishes an essential growth factor for bacteria; elevated concentrations of the sulfonamides interfere with use of this agent and of folates; used as an ultraviolet screen in lotions and creams. It is produced in a test of pancreatic function.

Synonym(s): paraaminobenzoic acid, vitamin Bx

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