Medical Term:

glycolysis

Pronunciation: glī-kol′i-sis

Definition: The energy-yielding conversion of d-glucose to lactic acid (instead of pyruvate oxidation products) in various tissues, notably muscle, when sufficient oxygen is not available (as in an emergency situation); because molecular oxygen is not consumed in the process, this is frequently referred to as “anaerobic glycolysis”

Synonym(s): glucolysis

[glyco- + G. lysis, a loosening]

Hide
(web1)