American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A colorless crystalline dicarboxylic acid, C4H4O5, that is formed by oxidation of malic acid in the Krebs cycle and by transamination from aspartic acid. It is important as an intermediate in the metabolism of carbohydrates and a precursor in the synthesis of amino acids.
- n. biochemistry on of the constituents of the citric acid cycle, formed by the oxidation of malic acid and via the transamination of aspartic acid; an intermediate in the synthesis of amino acids and the metabolism of carbohydrates
- n. organic chemistry a colourless crystalline organic carboxylic acid, butan-2-one-1,4-dicarboxylic acid, COOH.CH2.CO.COOH
- n. an acid formed by oxidation of maleic acid (as in metabolism of fats and carbohydrates)
- oxalo- + acetic acid (Wiktionary)
- oxal(ic acid) + acetic acid. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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