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

Definition of pyruvic acid in English:


A yellowish organic acid that 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'.



Pronunciation: /pəˈro͞oˌvāt/
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.

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