Pyruvic Acid Definition

pī-ro͝ovĭk, pĭ-
A colorless, liquid or crystalline organic acid, CH3COCOOH, produced by the oxidation of lactic acid: it is a key intermediate in protein, fat, and carbohydrate metabolism in the cell and in the production of ATP.
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Origin of Pyruvic Acid

  • pyr(o)– Latin ūva grape (from its being produced by the dry distillation of racemic acid, originally derived from grapes) –ic

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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