verb (used with object), decarboxylated, decarboxylating. Chemistry.
to remove the carboxyl group from (an organic compound).

1920–25; de- + carboxylate

decarboxylation, noun Unabridged
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decarboxylation (ˌdiːkɑːˌbɒksIˈleɪʃən)
the removal or loss of a carboxyl group from an organic compound

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decarboxylation de·car·box·yl·a·tion (dē'kär-bŏk'sə-lā'shən)
Removal of a carboxyl group from a chemical compound, usually with hydrogen replacing it.

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Example sentences for decarboxylation
Cadaverine is the decarboxylation product of the amino acid lysine.
It is converted into acetylcoa by decarboxylation and enters the citric acid cycle.
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