acetoacetic acid

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acetoacetic acid

 [ah-se″to-ah-se´tik]
one of the ketone bodies formed in the body in metabolism of certain substances, particularly in the liver in the combustion of fats. It is present in the body in increased amounts in abnormal conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes mellitus and starvation.

ac·e·to·a·ce·tic ac·id

(as'e-tō-a-sē'tik as'id),
One of the ketone bodies, formed in excess and appearing in the urine in starvation or diabetes.

acetoacetic acid

(ăs′ĭ-tō-ə-sē′tĭk, ə-sē′tō-)
n.
An organic acid, C4H6O3, that is one of the ketone bodies that accumulate in the blood and urine when fat is being metabolized.

ac·e·to·a·ce·tic ac·id

(as'ĕ-tō-ă-sē'tik as'id)
One of the ketone bodies, formed in excess and appearing in the urine in starvation or in diabetic acidosis.
Synonym(s): diacetic acid.

acetoacetic acid

A KETONE body occurring in the urine in uncontrolled DIABETES or starvation. See ACETONE BODY.