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beta–oxidation

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noun be·ta–ox·i·da·tion \ˈbā-tə-ˌäk-sə-ˈdā-shən\

Definition of beta–oxidation

  1. :  stepwise catabolism of fatty acids in which two-carbon fragments are successively removed from the carboxyl end of the chain



Circa 1935

First Known Use of beta–oxidation

circa 1935


Medical Dictionary

beta–oxidation

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noun be·ta–ox·i·da·tion \ˈbāt-ə-ˌäk-sə-ˈdā-shən, chiefly British ˈbē-tə-\

Medical Definition of beta–oxidation

  1. :  stepwise catabolism of fatty acids in which two-carbon fragments are successively removed from the carboxyl end of the chain




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