What does pyruvic acid mean?

Definitions for pyruvic acidpaɪˈru vɪk, pɪ-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word pyruvic acid.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pyruvic acid(noun)

    a colorless acid formed as an important intermediate in metabolism or fermentation


  1. pyruvic acid(Noun)

    a colourless liquid; an important intermediate in the metabolism of proteins and carbohydrates, and in fermentation

  2. pyruvic acid(Noun)

    the simplest aliphatic keto acid, CHCOCOOH


  1. Pyruvic acid

    Pyruvic acid is an organic acid, a ketone, as well as the simplest of the alpha-keto acids. The carboxylate anion of pyruvic acid, its Brønsted–Lowry conjugate base, CH3COCOO−, is known as pyruvate, and is a key intersection in several metabolic pathways. Pyruvic acid can be made from glucose through glycolysis, converted back to carbohydrates via gluconeogenesis, or to fatty acids through acetyl-CoA. It can also be used to construct the amino acid alanine and be converted into ethanol. Pyruvic acid supplies energy to living cells through the citric acid cycle when oxygen is present, and alternatively ferments to produce lactic acid when oxygen is lacking.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Pyruvic Acid

    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)


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pyruvic acid in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pyruvic acid in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Images & Illustrations of pyruvic acid

  1. pyruvic acidpyruvic acidpyruvic acid

Translations for pyruvic acid

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for pyruvic acid »


Find a translation for the pyruvic acid definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these pyruvic acid definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"pyruvic acid." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 22 Apr. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/pyruvic acid>.

Are we missing a good definition for pyruvic acid? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for pyruvic acid:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.