Hydroxybutyric-acid meaning

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Any of three isomeric acids, CH3CH(OH)CH2COOH: the beta isomer is found in the urine of diabetics.
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Any of several organic acids, C4 H8 O3 , that are derivatives of butyric acid. One of these acids, beta-hydroxybutyric acid, is a ketone body that accumulates in the blood and urine when fat is being metabolized.
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(organic chemistry) Either of the isomeric compounds formed from a butyric acid by substituting a hydrogen atom with a hydroxyl group.
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