glycolysis [glahy-kol-uh-sis] Word Origin noun Biochemistry.

  1. 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 First recorded in 1890–95; glyco- + -lysis British Dictionary definitions for glycolysis glycolysis noun

  1. biochem the breakdown of glucose by enzymes into pyruvic and lactic acids with the liberation of energy

Word Origin and History for glycolysis n.

1892, from glyco- + -lysis.

glycolysis in Medicine glycolysis [glī-kŏl′ə-sĭs] n.

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

Related formsgly′co•lyt′ic (glī′kə-lĭt′ĭk) adj. glycolysis in Science glycolysis [glī-kŏl′ə-sĭs]

  1. 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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