ketone body

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Any of three compounds, acetoacetic acid (3-oxobutanoic acid, CH3COCH2COOH), β-hydroxybutyric acid (3-hydroxybutanoic acid, CH3CH(OH)CH2COOH), and acetone or (propanone, CH3COCH3), produced by the liver as a result of the metabolism of body fat deposits. Ketone bodies are normally used as energy sources by peripheral tissues.

Subjects: Medicine and Health — Chemistry.

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