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ketone body


Definition: one of a group of ketones that includes acetoacetate, its reduction product, β-hydroxybutyrate, and its decarboxylation product, acetone; high levels are found in tissues and body fluids in ketosis.

Synonym(s): acetone body, acetone compound

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