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lipoic acid

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noun li·po·ic acid \lī-ˈpō-ik-, li-\

Definition of lipoic acid

  1. :  any of several microbial growth factors; especially :  a fatty acid C8H14O2S2 that is essential for the oxidation of alpha-keto acids (as pyruvic acid) in metabolism



Origin and Etymology of lipoic acid

lip-, lipo-


First Known Use: circa 1951


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lipoic acid

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noun li·po·ic acid \li-ˌpō-ik-, lī-\

Medical Definition of lipoic acid

  1. :  any of several microbial growth factors; especially :  a crystalline compound C8H14O2S2 that is essential for the oxidation of alpha-keto acids (as pyruvic acid) in metabolism—called also protogen




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