adenosine triphosphate

noun
adenosine tri·​phos·​phate | \-trī-ˈfäs-ˌfāt \

Definition of adenosine triphosphate 

: atp

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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, latimes.com, "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 To power their activities, cells need to produce the molecule adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "To treat some diseases, researchers are putting immune cells on a diet," 29 Mar. 2018 The chemical currency of cellular metabolism, adenosine triphosphate is produced only after protons are pumped out of the cell and into its surroundings, setting up a pH gradient across the cell membrane. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "In 1986, scientists found fuel-producing bacteria at the bottom of a Swiss lake. Now, they know how it works," 21 Mar. 2018 Through a few different biochemical processes, our cells convert these nutrients into a usable form of chemical energy called adenosine triphosphate, or ATP. Amy Marturana, SELF, "The Myth of the Fat-Burning Zone," 20 Mar. 2018 The ones from 2015 showed evidence of microbial metabolism, including molecules like adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, which is used by all cells to store energy, as well as enzymes, fatty acids and the by-products of biochemical processes. The Economist, "Waiting for rainLife clings on in the driest corners of the Earth," 1 Mar. 2018 The basic form of energy our muscles need to function is called adenosine triphosphate, or ATP. Amy Marturana, SELF, "This Is How Being Dehydrated Impacts Your Workouts," 25 Jan. 2018

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adenosine triphosphate

noun
adenosine tri·​phos·​phate | \-trī-ˈfäs-ˌfāt \

Medical Definition of adenosine triphosphate 

: atp

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