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transacetylation

Pronunciation: trans'a-set'i-la'shun

Definition: Transfer of an acetyl group (CH3CO–) from one compound to another; such reactions, usually involving formation of acetyl-CoA, occur notably in the initiation of the tricarboxylic acid cycle by the transfer of an acetyl group to oxaloacetate to form citrate.

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