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beta-oxidation

[ bey-tuh-ok-si-dey-shuhn or, especially British, bee- ]
/ ˈbeɪ təˌɒk sɪˈdeɪ ʃən or, especially British, ˈbi- /
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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.

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Origin of beta-oxidation

First recorded in 1930–35
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