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py·ru·vic acid(pī-ro͞o′vĭk, pĭ-)
A colorless organic liquid, C3H4O3, formed as an intermediate in carbohydrate metabolism and fermentation and as an end product in glycolysis.
[pyr(o)- + Latin ūva, grape (from its being produced by the dry distillation of racemic acid, originally derived from grapes) + -ic.]
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(Elements & Compounds) a colourless pleasant-smelling liquid formed as an intermediate in the metabolism of proteins and carbohydrates, helping to release energy to the body; 2-oxopropanoic acid. Formula: CH3COCOOH
[C19: pyruvic from pyro- + Latin ūva grape]
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py•ru′vic ac′id(paɪˈru vɪk, pɪ-)
a water-soluble liquid, C3H4O3, important in many metabolic and fermentative processes, used chiefly in biochemical research.
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A colorless organic liquid formed by the breakdown of carbohydrates and sugars during cell metabolism. It is the final product of the process known as glycolysis and has the formula C3H4O3.
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|Noun||1.||pyruvic acid - a colorless acid formed as an important intermediate in metabolism or fermentation|
acid - any of various water-soluble compounds having a sour taste and capable of turning litmus red and reacting with a base to form a salt
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