beta-oxidation

[bey-tuh-ok-si-dey-shuh n or, esp. British, bee-]
noun Biochemistry.
  1. a process by which fatty acids are degraded, involving oxidation of the beta carbons and removal of successive two-carbon fragments from the fatty acid.

Origin of beta-oxidation

First recorded in 1930–35
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