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keto acid

Pronunciation: ke'to as'id

Definition: An acid containing a ketone group (–CO–) in addition to the acid group(s); a-keto acid refers to a 2-oxo acid (pyruvic acid); ß-keto acid refers to a 3-oxo acid (acetoacetic acid), etc.

Synonym(s): oxo acid

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