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an organic compound containing the carboxy group (-COOH), which is weakly ionized in solution forming a carboxylate ion (-COO−).
ke·to ac·id(kē'tō as'id),
An acid containing a ketone group (-CO-) in addition to the acid group(s); α-keto acid refers to a 2-oxo acid (for example, pyruvic acid); β-keto acid refers to a 3-oxo acid (for example, acetoacetic acid), etc.
Synonym(s): oxo acid
keto acid/ke·to ac·id/ (ke´to) a carboxylic acid containing a carbonyl group.
ke·to ac·id(kē'tō as'id)
An acid containing a ketone group (-CO-) in addition to the acid group(s).