oxaloacetic acid


oxaloacetic acid

noun Biochemistry.

  1. a crystalline organic acid, C4H4O5, that is an important intermediate in the Krebs cycle, where it is formed by the oxidation of malic acid and is acetylated to form citric acid: also a product of transamination reactions of aspartic acid.

n.

  1. A colorless crystalline dicarboxylic acid that is formed by oxidation of malic acid in the Krebs cycle and by transamination from aspartic acid. It is important in the metabolism of carbohydrates and in the synthesis of amino acids.

  1. A colorless crystalline organic acid that is formed by oxidation of malic acid in the Krebs cycle and by transamination from aspartic acid. It is important as an intermediate in the metabolism of carbohydrates and a precursor in the synthesis of amino acids. Chemical formula: C4H4O5.

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