keto acid

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keto acid

[′kēd·ō ‚as·əd]
(organic chemistry)
A compound that is both an acid and a ketone; an example is β-acetoacetic acid.
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Amino acid synthesis depends on the formation of the appropriate alpha-keto acid, which is then transaminated to form an amino acid (Guyton and Hall, 2006).