oxaloacetic acidox·a·lo·a·ce·tic acid
or ox·al·a·ce·tic acid
A colorless crystalline dicarboxylic acid, C4H4O5, that is formed by oxidation of malic acid in the Krebs cycle and by transamination from aspartic acid. It is important as an intermediate in the metabolism of carbohydrates and a precursor in the synthesis of amino acids.
Origin of oxaloacetic acidoxal(ic acid) + acetic acid.
- (biochemistry) on of the constituents of the citric acid cycle, formed by the oxidation of malic acid and via the transamination of aspartic acid; an intermediate in the synthesis of amino acids and the metabolism of carbohydrates
- (organic chemistry) a colourless crystalline organic carboxylic acid, butan-2-one-1,4-dicarboxylic acid, COOH.CH2.CO.COOH
oxalo- +"Ž acetic acid