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[mass noun] A yellowish organic acid which occurs as an intermediate in many metabolic processes, especially glycolysis.
- ‘This smaller cycle takes a molecule called pyruvic acid and pulls energy out of it.’
- ‘The breakdown of glycogen, the formation of pyruvic acid and hydrogen ions are represented by the tap.’
- ‘Pyruvate is the ‘salt’ of pyruvic acid - a product formed during the aerobic breakdown of glucose.’
- ‘During glycolysis, a glucose molecule is split to form two molecules of pyruvic acid.’
Mid 19th century: from modern Latin acidum pyruvicum, from acidum acid + pyruvicum based on pyro- (denoting an acid) + Latin uva grape.
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