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Medical Term:

3-hydroxybutyric acid

Pronunciation: hi-drok'se-byu-tir'ik as'id


The d-stereoisomer is one of the ketone bodies and is formed in ketogenesis; it is an important fuel for extrahepatic tissues; as an acyl derivative it is also an intermediate in fatty acid biosynthesis. The l-isomer is found as a coenzyme A derivative in ß oxidation of fatty acids.

Synonym(s): 3-hydroxybutanoic acid, ß-hydroxybutyric acid

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