electron transport

noun

Definition of electron transport

: 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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Recent Examples on the Web Cyanide attacks the very cells that make life possible, specifically the mitochondria and its electron transport chain. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "Nature's Toxic Gifts: The Deadly Story of Poison," 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, "Researchers find an animal without mitochondria," 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, "Mistletoe is missing the machinery to make energy," 3 May 2018

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1951, in the meaning defined above

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“Electron transport.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electron%20transport. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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electron transport

noun

Medical Definition of electron transport

: 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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