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pyruvic acid Line breaks: pyru|vic acid
Pronunciation: /pʌɪˈruːvɪk/

Definition of pyruvic acid in English:


[mass noun] Biochemistry
A yellowish organic acid which occurs as an intermediate in many metabolic processes, especially glycolysis.
Example sentences
  • Pyruvate is the ‘salt’ of pyruvic acid - a product formed during the aerobic breakdown of glucose.
  • The breakdown of glycogen, the formation of pyruvic acid and hydrogen ions are represented by the tap.
  • During glycolysis, a glucose molecule is split to form two molecules of pyruvic acid.


Mid 19th century: from modern Latin acidum pyruvicum, from acidum 'acid' + pyruvicum based on pyro- (denoting an acid) + Latin uva 'grape'.

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