- 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
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- biochem the breakdown of glucose by enzymes into pyruvic and lactic acids with the liberation of energy
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- The ATP-generating metabolic process of most cells in which carbohydrates are converted to pyruvic acid.
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- 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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