pyruvic acid

noun
py·​ru·​vic acid | \pī-ˈrü-vik- \

Definition of pyruvic acid 

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

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

noun
py·​ru·​vic acid | \pī-ˌrü-vik- \

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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