pyruvate

noun
py·​ru·​vate | \ pī-ˈrü-ˌvāt How to pronounce pyruvate (audio) \

Definition of pyruvate

: a salt or ester of pyruvic acid

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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, 16 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of pyruvate

1838, in the meaning defined above

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pyruvic acid

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“Pyruvate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pyruvate. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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pyruvate

noun
py·​ru·​vate | \ pī-ˈrü-ˌvāt How to pronounce pyruvate (audio) \

Medical Definition of pyruvate

: a salt or ester of pyruvic acid

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