beta-oxidation

noun

be·​ta-ox·​i·​da·​tion ˈbā-tə-ˌäk-sə-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce beta-oxidation (audio)
: stepwise catabolism of fatty acids in which 2-carbon fragments are successively removed from the carboxyl end of the chain

Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of beta-oxidation was in 1907

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“Beta-oxidation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beta-oxidation. Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

beta-oxidation

noun
: stepwise catabolism of fatty acids in which 2-carbon fragments are successively removed from the carboxyl end of the chain
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