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alpha-ketoglutaric acid

[al-fuh-kee-toh-gloo-tar-ik, al-fuh-kee-]
noun Biochemistry.
  1. a dibasic keto acid, C5H6O5, that occurs as an intermediate in the Krebs' cycle and in protein metabolism.
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Origin of alpha-ketoglutaric acid

1905–10; keto- + glutaric (acid), probably blend of gluten (as in glutamic acid) and pyrotartaric acid; see pyro-, tartaric
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