adenosine triphosphate

adenosine tri·​phos·​phate | \ -trī-ˈfäs-ˌfāt How to pronounce adenosine triphosphate (audio) \

Definition of adenosine triphosphate

: atp

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Recent Examples on the Web Known as the cell's powerhouse, mitochondria is responsible for cellular respiration and produces energy, known as adenosine triphosphate (ATP), from oxygen. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "Nature's Toxic Gifts: The Deadly Story of Poison," 4 Oct. 2020 Mitochondria are the tiny structures inside complex (eukaryotic) cells that manufacture adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, the chemical fuel for most metabolic processes. Quanta Magazine, "Mitochondria May Hold Keys to Anxiety and Mental Health," 10 Aug. 2020 Your muscles use a molecule called adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, to power their contractions. Sara Chodosh, Popular Science, "There are only two supplements proven to help you build muscle," 3 Jan. 2019 Yeast uses sugar to create adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a molecule that provides energy for many biological processes. Molly Glick, Popular Science, "Teen bootleggers are making dangerous booze on TikTok," 10 Mar. 2020 And we are all battery-operated, deriving energy from a molecule called adenosine triphosphate, ATP for short. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, "Just a Few Billion Years Left to Go," 4 Mar. 2020 To produce energy, mitochondrial power plants in a cell use electron transport chains to convert electrons to adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the cell’s energy currency. Roni Dengler, Science | AAAS, "Mistletoe is missing the machinery to make energy," 3 May 2018 Boyer was one of three scientists awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1997 for revealing the mechanisms by which cells create adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, a molecule known as the energy currency of cells. Deborah Netburn,, "Paul Boyer, who was awed by cells and won a Nobel Prize for deducing how they use energy, dies at 99," 7 June 2018 The digestive tract breaks these foods down into glucose so it can be converted into adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is the chemical our bodies can use for energy. Daniel Schultz, Ms, SELF, "Here’s What You Should Know Before Going on the Keto Diet," 16 Apr. 2018

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1932, in the meaning defined above

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“Adenosine triphosphate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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adenosine triphosphate

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