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Medical Term:


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]