phos·​pho·​enol·​pyr·​uvate ˌfäs-ˌfō-ə-ˌnȯl-pī-ˈrü-ˌvāt How to pronounce phosphoenolpyruvate (audio)
: a salt or ester of phosphoenolpyruvic acid

Examples of phosphoenolpyruvate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to Hanson, the key to this remarkable alteration in energy metabolism is the over-expression of the gene for the enzyme phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (PEPCK-C). Bruce Sterling, WIRED, 5 Nov. 2007

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Word History

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of phosphoenolpyruvate was in 1941

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“Phosphoenolpyruvate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


: a salt or ester of phosphoenolpyruvic acid

called also phosphopyruvate

abbreviation PEP

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