pyru'vic ac'id

Chem., Biochem.
a water-soluble liquid, C3H4O3, 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. Also called acetylformic acid, pyroracemic acid.

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pyruvicpyruvic aldehyde
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