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pyruvic acid

 [pi-roo´vik]
a compound formed in the body in aerobic metabolism of carbohydrate; also formed by dry distillation of tartaric acid.
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py·ru·vic ac·id

(pī-rū'vik as'id),
2-Oxopropanoic acid; α-ketopropionic acid; acetylformic acid; pyroacemic acid; the simplest α-keto acid; an intermediate compound in the metabolism of carbohydrate; in thiamin deficiency, its oxidation is retarded and it accumulates in the tissues, especially in nervous structures. The enol form, enol pyruvic acid, when phosphorylated, plays an important metabolic role. See: phosphoenolpyruvic acid.
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pyruvic acid

(pī-ro͞o′vĭk, pĭ-)
n.
A colorless organic liquid, C3H4O3, formed as an intermediate in carbohydrate metabolism and fermentation and as an end product in glycolysis.
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py·ru·vic ac·id

(pī-rū'vik as'id)
An intermediate compound in the metabolism of carbohydrate; in thiamin deficiency, its oxidation is retarded and it accumulates in the tissues.
See also: phosphoenolpyruvic acid
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Fig. 264 Pyruvic acid . Molecular structure.

pyruvic acid

or

pyruvate

an important 3-carbon molecule formed from GLUCOSE and GLYCEROL in glycolysis (see Fig. 264 ). See also ACETYLCOENZYME A. Pyruvic acid is broken down further, the precise reactions depending upon whether oxygen is present or not. See AEROBIC RESPIRATION, ANAEROBIC RESPIRATION.
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