[ glahy-kol-uh-sis ]
/ glaɪˈkɒl ə sɪs /

noun Biochemistry.

the catabolism of carbohydrates, as glucose and glycogen, by enzymes, with the release of energy and the production of lactic or pyruvic acid.

Origin of glycolysis

First recorded in 1890–95; glyco- + -lysis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for glycolysis


/ (ɡlaɪˈkɒlɪsɪs) /


biochem the breakdown of glucose by enzymes into pyruvic and lactic acids with the liberation of energy
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Medicine definitions for glycolysis


[ glī-kŏlə-sĭs ]


The ATP-generating metabolic process of most cells in which carbohydrates are converted to pyruvic acid.

Related forms

gly′co•lytic (glī′kə-lĭtĭk) adj.
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Science definitions for glycolysis


[ glī-kŏlə-sĭs ]

The process in cell metabolism by which carbohydrates and sugars, especially glucose, are broken down, producing ATP and pyruvic acid. See more at cellular respiration.
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