pyruvic acid

py·​ru·​vic acid | \ pī-ˈrü-vik- How to pronounce pyruvic acid (audio) \

Definition of pyruvic acid

: a 3-carbon acid C3H4O3 that in carbohydrate metabolism is an important intermediate product formed especially during glycolysis

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Recent Examples on the Web For example, carbonaceous chondrites—some of the oldest rocks in the solar system—were recently found to harbor pyruvic acid, which is essential for metabolism. David W. Brown, Smithsonian, "Searching for the Key to Life’s Beginnings," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of pyruvic acid

1838, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pyruvic acid

International Scientific Vocabulary pyr- + Latin uva grapes; from its importance in fermentation — more at uvula

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“Pyruvic acid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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pyruvic acid

py·​ru·​vic acid | \ pī-ˌrü-vik- How to pronounce pyruvic acid (audio) \

Medical Definition of pyruvic acid

: a 3-carbon acid C3H4O3 that is an intermediate in carbohydrate metabolism and can be formed either from glucose after phosphorylation or from glycogen by glycolysis

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