Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

pyruvic acid

play
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 of pyruvic acid

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


First Known Use: 1838


Medical Dictionary

pyruvic acid

play
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




Learn More about pyruvic acid


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up pyruvic acid? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

16.96 pounds 2.2 pounds 100 pounds 196.5 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ