from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A colorless organic liquid, CH3COCOOH, formed as an intermediate in carbohydrate metabolism and fermentation and as an end product in glycolysis.
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- n. a colourless liquid; an important intermediate in the metabolism of proteins and carbohydrates, and in fermentation
- n. the simplest aliphatic keto acid, CH3COCOOH
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- n. a colorless acid formed as an important intermediate in metabolism or fermentation
pyr(o)- + Latin ūva, grape (from its being produced by the dry distillation of racemic acid, originally derived from grapes) + -ic.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)