oxaloacetic acid

noun
ox·​a·​lo·​ace·​tic acid | \ ˌäk-sə-lō-ə-ˈsē-tik- How to pronounce oxaloacetic acid (audio) \
variants: or less commonly oxalacetic acid \ ˌäk-​sə-​lə-​ˈsē-​tik-​ How to pronounce oxaloacetic acid (audio) \

Definition of oxaloacetic acid

: a crystalline acid C4H4O5 that is formed by reversible oxidation of malic acid (as in carbohydrate metabolism via the Krebs cycle) and in reversible transamination reactions (as from aspartic acid)

First Known Use of oxaloacetic acid

1896, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oxaloacetic acid

oxalic + acetic acid

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The first known use of oxaloacetic acid was in 1896

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“Oxaloacetic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oxaloacetic%20acid. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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oxaloacetic acid

noun
ox·​a·​lo·​ace·​tic acid | \ ˌäk-sə-lō-ə-ˌsēt-ik- How to pronounce oxaloacetic acid (audio) \
variants: also oxalacetic acid \ ˌäk-​sə-​lə-​ˌsēt-​ik-​ How to pronounce oxaloacetic acid (audio) \

Medical Definition of oxaloacetic acid

: a crystalline acid C4H4O5 that is formed by reversible oxidation of malic acid (as in carbohydrate metabolism via the Krebs cycle) and in reversible transamination reactions (as from aspartic acid)

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