Definition of pyruvic acid in English:

pyruvic acid

Syllabification: py·ru·vic ac·id
Pronunciation: /pīˌro͞ovik ˈasid
 
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noun

Biochemistry
  • A yellowish organic acid that occurs as an intermediate in many metabolic processes, especially glycolysis.
    • A keto acid; chemical formula: CH3COCOOH
    More 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.

Derivatives

pyruvate

noun
More example sentences
  • This is similar to previous observations with another FAD-dependent enzyme, pyruvate oxidase.
  • The medium was supplemented with uridine and pyruvate as described by King and Attardi.
  • The reaction was started by the addition of pyruvate kinase, the final volume being 0.5 ml.

Origin

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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