Dictionary.com

oxaloacetic acid

[ ok-suh-loh-uh-see-tik, ok-, ok-sal-oh-, -sal- ]
/ ˈɒk sə loʊ əˈsi tɪk, ˌɒk-, ɒkˈsæl oʊ-, -ˌsæl- /
Save This Word!

noun Biochemistry.
a crystalline organic acid, C4H4O5, that is an important intermediate in the Krebs cycle, where it is formed by the oxidation of malic acid and is acetylated to form citric acid: also a product of transamination reactions of aspartic acid.
QUIZ
FIRE UP YOUR VOCAB FOR A "RED" SYNONYMS QUIZ
No fire engine reds here, only a fierce collection of vibrant words for the color red to test yourself on.
Question 1 of 7
What does "amaranth" mean?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of oxaloacetic acid

First recorded in 1895–1900; oxal(ic) + -o- + acetic acid

Words nearby oxaloacetic acid

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use oxaloacetic acid in a sentence

Medical definitions for oxaloacetic acid

oxaloacetic acid
[ ŏk′să-lō-ə-sētĭk, ŏk-săl′ō- ]

n.
A colorless crystalline dicarboxylic acid that is formed by oxidation of malic acid in the Krebs cycle and by transamination from aspartic acid. It is important in the metabolism of carbohydrates and in the synthesis of amino acids.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Scientific definitions for oxaloacetic acid

oxaloacetic acid
[ ŏk′sə-lō-ə-sētĭk, ŏk-săl′ō- ]
oxalacetic acid (ŏk-săl′ə-sētĭk, ŏk′sə-lə-)

A colorless crystalline organic acid that is formed by oxidation of malic acid in the Krebs cycle and by transamination from aspartic acid. It is important as an intermediate in the metabolism of carbohydrates and a precursor in the synthesis of amino acids. Chemical formula: C4H4O5.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
FEEDBACK