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pyruvic acid

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noun py·ru·vic acid \pī-ˈrü-vik-\

Definition of pyruvic acid

  1. :  a 3-carbon acid C3H4O3 that in carbohydrate metabolism is an important intermediate product formed especially during glycolysis



Origin and Etymology of pyruvic acid

International Scientific Vocabulary pyr- + Latin uva grapes; from its importance in fermentation — more at uvula


First Known Use: 1838


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pyruvic acid

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noun py·ru·vic acid \pī-ˌrü-vik-\

Medical Definition of pyruvic acid

  1. :  a 3-carbon acid C3H4O3 that is an intermediate in carbohydrate metabolism and can be formed either from glucose after phosphorylation or from glycogen by glycolysis




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