Skip to Content

pyruvic acid

Pronunciation: pi-ru'vik as'id

Definition: the simplest a-keto acid; an intermediate compound in the metabolism of carbohydrate; in thiamin deficiency, its oxidation is retarded and it accumulates in the tissues, especially in nervous structures. The enol form, enol pyruvic acid, when phosphorylated, plays an important metabolic role.

See: phosphoenolpyruvic acid

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

© Copyright 2018 Wolters Kluwer. All Rights Reserved. Review date: Sep 19, 2016.