One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or relating to oxaloacetic acid. "oxaloacetic acid"noun a dicarboxylic acid, HOOC·CO·CH₂·COOH, which is an intermediate metabolite in the Krebs cycle and the C₄ pathway of photosynthesis; (also) the enol form of this acid, HOOC·C(OH)=CH·COOH, which exists in cis and trans isomers.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Journal of the Chemical Society. From oxalo- + acetic.
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