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p-aminobenzoic acid(PAB) (PABA) [ah-me″no-ben-zo´ik]
a substance required for the synthesis of folic acid by many organisms; it is included in the B vitamin complex, although it is not an essential nutrient for humans. It is synthesized by many bacteria; sulfonamides act by blocking its synthesis; it also absorbs ultraviolet light, specifically UVB rays, and is used as aminobenzoic acid as a topical sunscreen.
p-a·mi·no·ben·zo·ic ac·id (PABA),(ă-mē'nō-ben-zō'ik as'id),
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.
p-ami·no·ben·zo·ic acid(PABA) (ă-mē'nō-ben-zō'ik as'id)
A factor in the vitamin B complex, a part of all folic acids and required for its formation; neutralizes the bacteriostatic effects of the sulfonamides because it furnishes an essential growth factor for bacteria, with the use of which sulfonamides interfere; used as an ultraviolet screen in lotions and creams.