noun[mass noun] Biochemistry
A yellowish organic acid which occurs as an intermediate in many metabolic processes, especially glycolysis.
- 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.
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