Definition of pyruvic acid in English:

pyruvic acid


  • A yellowish organic acid which occurs as an intermediate in many metabolic processes, especially glycolysis.

    A keto acid; chemical formula: CH₃COCOOH

    ‘Pyruvate is the ‘salt’ of pyruvic acid - a product formed during the aerobic breakdown of glucose.’
    • ‘The breakdown of glycogen, the formation of pyruvic acid and hydrogen ions are represented by the tap.’
    • ‘During glycolysis, a glucose molecule is split to form two molecules of pyruvic acid.’
    • ‘This smaller cycle takes a molecule called pyruvic acid and pulls energy out of it.’


pyruvic acid

/pīˌro͞ovik ˈasəd/ /paɪˌruvɪk ˈæsəd/ /pəˌro͞ovik ˈasəd/ /pəˌruvɪk ˈæsəd/


Mid 19th century from modern Latin acidum pyruvicum, from acidum ‘acid’ + pyruvicum based on pyro- (denoting an acid) + Latin uva ‘grape’.