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oxaloacetic acid

[ok-suh-loh-uh-see-tik, ok-, ok-sal-oh-, -sal-] /ˈɒk sə loʊ əˈsi tɪk, ˌɒk-, ɒkˈsæl oʊ-, -ˌsæl-/
noun, Biochemistry
a crystalline organic acid, C 4 H 4 O 5 , that is an important intermediate in the Krebs cycle, where it is formed by the oxidation of malic acid and is acetylated to form citric acid: also a product of transamination reactions of aspartic acid.
Origin of oxaloacetic acid
1895-1900; oxal(ic) + -o- + acetic acid Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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oxaloacetic-acid in Medicine

oxaloacetic acid ox·a·lo·a·ce·tic acid (ŏk'sā-lō-ə-sē'tĭk, ŏk-sāl'ō-) or ox·al·a·ce·tic acid (ŏk-sěl'ə-sē'tĭk, ŏk'sə-lə-)
A colorless crystalline dicarboxylic acid that is formed by oxidation of malic acid in the Krebs cycle and by transamination from aspartic acid. It is important in the metabolism of carbohydrates and in the synthesis of amino acids.

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