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1. oxidation of the β-carbon (carbon 3) of a fatty acid, forming the β-keto (β-oxo) acid analogue; of importance in fatty acid catabolism;
2. the entire pathway for the catabolism of saturated fatty acids containing an even number of carbon atoms; beta-oxidation (1) is a part of this pathway; acetyl-CoA is a major product of this pathway.
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The oxidative degradation of saturated fatty acids, occurring in a repeating cycle of steps in which a two-carbon unit is removed from the molecule during each cycle.
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beta-oxidationThe oxidative breakdown of fatty acids in the form of acyl-coA into acetyl-coA, by repeated oxidation at the beta-carbon atom, allowing them to participate in the citric acid cycle.
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