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

/ace·to·ace·tic ac·id/ (ah-se″to-ah-se´tik) β, one of the ketone bodies produced in the liver and occurring in excess in the blood and urine in ketosis.

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.

acetoacetic acid

[as′ətō·əsē′tik, əsē′tō-]
a colorless, oily keto acid produced by the metabolism of lipids and pyruvates. It is excreted in trace amounts in normal urine and in elevated levels in diabetes mellitus, especially in ketoacidosis. Acetoacetic acid levels are also increased during starvation as a result of the incomplete oxidation of fatty acids. Soluble in water, alcohol, and ether, acetoacetic acid decomposes at temperatures below 100° C to acetone and carbon dioxide. Also called acetone carboxylic acid, acetylacetic acid, beta-ketobutyric acid, diacetic acid.

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.

acetoacetic acid

ketone body (see ketoacidosis)

acetoacetic acid

CH3COCH2COOH, one of the ketone bodies formed in the body in metabolism of certain substances, particularly in the liver in the oxidation of fats. It is present in the body in increased amounts in abnormal conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes mellitus and starvation, and in bovine acetonemia and pregnancy toxemia of cows and ewes. Occurs in the body as acetoacetate.