methylglyoxal(redirected from 2-oxo-propanal)
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Pyruvaldehyde; the aldehyde of pyruvic acid; an intermediate of carbohydrate metabolism in certain organisms.
Synonym(s): pyruvic aldehyde
An aldehyde formed from the metabolic degradation of glucose. Methylglyoxal can bind to proteins and DNA, causing metabolic damage to tissues (e.g., in diabetes mellitus), mutations, or cell death.