Krebs cycle

noun

: a sequence of reactions in the living organism in which oxidation of acetic acid or acetyl equivalent provides energy for storage in phosphate bonds (as in ATP)

called also citric acid cycle, tricarboxylic acid cycle

Word History

Etymology

Hebrew A. Krebs

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Krebs cycle was in 1941

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“Krebs cycle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Krebs%20cycle. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

Krebs cycle

noun

: a series of chemical reactions in living things in which acetic acid or a related substance is oxidized to produce energy which is stored in ATP

Medical Definition

Krebs cycle

noun

: a sequence of reactions in the living organism in which oxidation of acetic acid or acetyl equivalent provides energy for storage in phosphate bonds (as in ATP)

called also citric acid cycle, tricarboxylic acid cycle

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