beta-ketobutyric 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.
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