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beta-oxidation

[bey-tuh-ok-si-dey-shuh n or, esp. British, bee-] /ˈbeɪ təˌɒk sɪˈdeɪ ʃən or, esp. British, ˈbi-/
noun, Biochemistry
1.
a process by which fatty acids are degraded, involving oxidation of the beta carbons and removal of successive two-carbon fragments from the fatty acid.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35
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