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'''Lactic acid''' is an organic acid produced as a normal part of many metabolic processes in the body. It is an important component of milk. It is continuously produced when the body [[anaerobic glycolysis|metabolizes glucose in the absence of oxygen]]. It is then either recombined with [[oxygen]] to form pyruvates to produce energy within a [[muscles|muscle]] cell, or is released into the bloodstream where it is processed by the [[liver]] to produce more [[glucose]]. In solution, it an lose a proton and in such form is referred to as '''lactate.'''
 
'''Lactic acid''' is an organic acid produced as a normal part of many metabolic processes in the body. It is an important component of milk. It is continuously produced when the body [[anaerobic glycolysis|metabolizes glucose in the absence of oxygen]]. It is then either recombined with [[oxygen]] to form pyruvates to produce energy within a [[muscles|muscle]] cell, or is released into the bloodstream where it is processed by the [[liver]] to produce more [[glucose]]. In solution, it an lose a proton and in such form is referred to as '''lactate.'''
   
Lactic acid is also the acid that is directly responsible for [[Dental caries|tooth decay]].
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Lactic acid is also the acid that is directly responsible for [[tooth decay]].
   
 
It is also an important component of [[Ringer's solution]], a fluid given to trauma and burn victims that is superior in these situations to [[saline]] solution.
 
It is also an important component of [[Ringer's solution]], a fluid given to trauma and burn victims that is superior in these situations to [[saline]] solution.
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