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pyruvate vs. pyruvic acid

[ pahy-roo-veyt, pi- ]
  1. an ester or salt of pyruvic acid.
  1. a water-soluble liquid, C3H4O3, important in many metabolic and fermentative processes, having an odor resembling that of acetic acid, prepared by the dehydration of tartaric acid: used chiefly in biochemical research.

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