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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.
|pyruvic acid |
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.