pyruvic acid

noun Chemistry, Biochemistry.
a water-soluble liquid, C 3 H 4 O 3 , important in many metabolic and fermentative processes, having an odor resembling that of acetic acid, prepared by the dehydration of tartaric acid: used chiefly in biochemical research.

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pyruvic acid (paɪˈruːvɪk)
a colourless pleasant-smelling liquid formed as an intermediate in the metabolism of proteins and carbohydrates, helping to release energy to the body; 2-oxopropanoic acid. Formula: CH3COCOOH
[C19: pyruvic from pyro- + Latin ūva grape]

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pyruvic acid py·ru·vic acid (pī-rōō'vĭk, pĭ-)
A colorless organic liquid formed as a fundamental intermediate in protein and carbohydrate metabolism.

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pyruvic acid   (pī-r'vĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
A colorless organic liquid formed by the breakdown of carbohydrates and sugars during cell metabolism. It is the final product of glycolysis and is converted into acetyl coenzyme A, which is required for the Krebs cycle. It is also used in the body to synthesize the amino acid alanine. Chemical formula: C3H4O3.
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Record the percent by weight of pyruvic acid in the test polysaccharide.
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