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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: as′e-tō-a-sē′til


Intermediate in the oxidation of fatty acids and in the formation of ketone bodies; also formed from two molecules of acetyl-CoA and in the degradation of ketogenic amino acids; major role is condensation with acetyl-CoA to form β-hydroxy-β-methylglutaryl-CoA.

Synonym(s): acetoacetyl-coenzyme A

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