from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun 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.
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- noun biochemistry on of the
constituentsof the citric acid cycle, formed by the oxidationof malic acidand via the transaminationof aspartic acid; an intermediatein the synthesisof amino acidsand the metabolismof carbohydrates
- noun organic chemistry a
colourless crystalline organic carboxylic acid, butan-2-one-1,4-dicarboxylic acid, COOH.CH2.CO.COOH
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- noun an acid formed by oxidation of maleic acid (as in metabolism of fats and carbohydrates)
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[oxal(ic acid) + acetic acid.]
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oxalo- + acetic acid
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