beta-oxidation

[bey-tuh-ok-si-dey-shuh n or, esp. British, bee-]

noun Biochemistry.

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.

Nearby words

  1. beta-lactamase,
  2. beta-lipoprotein,
  3. beta-naphthol,
  4. beta-naphthyl group,
  5. beta-naphthylamine,
  6. beta-receptor,
  7. beta-test,
  8. betacam,
  9. betacarotene,
  10. betacism

Origin of beta-oxidation

First recorded in 1930–35

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