Definitions for pyruvic acidpaɪˈru vɪk, pɪ-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
py•ru′vic ac′idpaɪˈru vɪk, pɪ-(n.)
a water-soluble liquid, C3H4O3, important in many metabolic and fermentative processes, used chiefly in biochemical research.
Category: Biochemistry, Chemistry
Origin of pyruvic acid:
1830–40; pyr - + L ūv(a) grape + -ic
a colorless acid formed as an important intermediate in metabolism or fermentation
a colourless liquid; an important intermediate in the metabolism of proteins and carbohydrates, and in fermentation
the simplest aliphatic keto acid, CHCOCOOH
U.S. National Library of Medicine
An intermediate compound in the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. In thiamine deficiency, its oxidation is retarded and it accumulates in the tissues, especially in nervous structures. (From Stedman, 26th ed)
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