pyruvate

noun

py·​ru·​vate pī-ˈrü-ˌvāt How to pronounce pyruvate (audio)
: a salt or ester of pyruvic acid

Examples of pyruvate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During fermentation, acetaldehyde is produced directly from lactose metabolism as a result of pyruvate decarboxylation. Ashton Yoon, Discover Magazine, 4 July 2017 In the cells, glucose is broken down into pyruvate. James Robinson, Discover Magazine, 20 Oct. 2022 One type of pyruvate tracer reveals how much carbon is given off during daytime respiration—a key part of the carbon cycle that needs to be better quantified, Werner says. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, 16 Oct. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pyruvate was in 1838

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“Pyruvate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pyruvate. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

pyruvate

noun
py·​ru·​vate pī-ˈrü-ˌvāt How to pronounce pyruvate (audio)
: a salt or ester of pyruvic acid

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