electron transport

noun

: the sequential transfer of electrons especially by cytochromes in cellular respiration from an oxidizable substrate to molecular oxygen by a series of oxidation-reduction reactions

Examples of electron transport in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Next, an electron transport layer is inscribed, and electron transport materials are laid down. IEEE Spectrum, 10 Nov. 2023 Research has shown that anthocyanins work to divert and store excess light and UV radiation from excited electron transport chains. Christian Thorsberg, Discover Magazine, 28 Oct. 2021 Cyanide attacks the very cells that make life possible, specifically the mitochondria and its electron transport chain. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, 4 Oct. 2020 To get a sense of what may be possible in Henneguya salminicola, the researchers looked for genes that encode components of the electron transport chain that helps make ATP. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 26 Feb. 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, 3 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of electron transport was in 1951

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“Electron transport.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electron%20transport. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

electron transport

noun
: the sequential transfer of electrons especially by cytochromes in cellular respiration from an oxidizable substrate to molecular oxygen by a series of oxidation-reduction reactions
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