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



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Origin of glycolysis

First recorded in 1890–95; glyco- + -lysis
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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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Medical definitions for glycolysis

[ glī-kŏlə-sĭs ]


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

Other words from glycolysis

gly′co•lytic (glī′kə-lĭtĭk) adj.
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Scientific 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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