Pyruvic acid

Agent Name
Pyruvic acid
CAS Number
Major Category
Biological Agents
Pyruvic acid formula graphical representation
2-Ketopropionic acid; 2-Oxopropanoic acid; 2-Oxopropansaeure; 2-Oxopropionic acid; 2-Oxopropionsaeure; Acetylformic acid; BTS; Propanoic acid, 2-oxo-; Pyroracemic acid; Pyruvic acid (natural); alpha-Ketopropionic acid; alpha-Oxopropionsaeure; [ChemIDplus] UN3265
Other Biomolecules
Liquid with an odor like acetic acid; mp = 11.8 deg C; [Merck Index]
Intermediate in sugar metabolism and alcoholic fermentation; [Merck Index] Used as flavoring agent or adjuvant; [FDA] "Pyruvic acid supplies energy to living cells through the citric acid cycle (also known as the Krebs cycle) when oxygen is present (aerobic respiration), and alternatively ferments to produce lactic acid when oxygen is lacking (fermentation)." [Wikipedia]
Causes degenerative changes to brain in acute cerebral studies of rats; [RTECS] Polymerizes and decomposes on standing unless pure and stored in airtight container; [Merck Index] Safe when used as a flavoring agent in food; [JECFA] Causes burns; Inhalation may cause corrosive injuries to upper respiratory tract and lungs; [Sigma-Aldrich MSDS]
Biomedical References

Exposure Assessment

Vapor Pressure
1.29 mm Hg
Explanatory Notes
The Guide in the Emergency Response Guidebook is for "Corrosive liquid, acidic, organic, n.o.s."

Adverse Effects

Toxic Pneumonitis
Skin burns

Diseases, Processes, and Activities Linked to This Agent

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