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  • adj. Of or pertaining to pyruvic acid or its derivatives

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  • adj. Pertaining to, or designating, an acid (called also pyroracemic acid) obtained, as a liquid having a pungent odor, by the distillation of racemic acid.


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From pyro- + Latin uva, grape



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  • "A vicious cycle set up as their weakened hearts failed to supply the tissues with the oxygen they were craving: The lack of oxygen made their bodies unable to complete the metabolic cycle, causing lactic and pyruvic acids to accumulate in their tissues; the buildup of these acids made their hearts beat even more feebly and erratically, which in turn spiked levels of the acids."

    —David Laskin, The Children's Blizzard (New York: HarperCollins, 2004), 190

    November 12, 2008