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Definition of pyruvate

: a salt or ester of pyruvic acid

Examples of pyruvate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Unprecedented drought in an artificial ecosystem may reveal how rainforests will cope with climate change," 16 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of pyruvate

1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Pyruvate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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Medical Definition of pyruvate

: a salt or ester of pyruvic acid

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