Pronunciation: pi-ru'vik as'id
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.
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