tri·​car·​box·​yl·​ic ˌtrī-ˌkär-ˌbäk-ˈsi-lik How to pronounce tricarboxylic (audio)
: containing three carboxyl groups in the molecule
tricarboxylic acid

Examples of tricarboxylic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two steps of the tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle – a wheel of central metabolism that pumps out energy-rich molecules in the best of times – account for much of this NADH. Jeffrey Marlow, Discover Magazine, 15 Aug. 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tricarboxylic was in 1894

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“Tricarboxylic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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