Meaning of beta-oxidation

be•ta-ox•i•da•tion

Pronunciation: (bā'tu-ok"si-dā'shun or, esp. Brit., bē'-), [key]
— n. Biochem.
  1. a process by which fatty acids are degraded, involving oxidation of the beta carbons and removal of successive two-carbon fragments from the fatty acid.
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