ionophore

noun
ion·​o·​phore | \ ī-ˈä-nə-ˌfȯr How to pronounce ionophore (audio) \

Definition of ionophore

: a compound that facilitates transmission of an ion (as of calcium) across a lipid barrier (as in a cell membrane) by combining with the ion or by increasing the permeability of the barrier to it

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McDonald’s suppliers are still allowed to use a type of antibiotic not used to treat humans, called ionophores. Samantha Bomkamp, chicagotribune.com, "McDonald’s vows to serve more antibiotic-free meat, targeting beef and pork," 23 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of ionophore

circa 1955, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ionophore

ion + -o- + -phore

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The first known use of ionophore was circa 1955

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ionophore

noun
ion·​o·​phore | \ ī-ˈän-ə-ˌfō(ə)r, -ˌfȯ(ə)r How to pronounce ionophore (audio) \

Medical Definition of ionophore

: a compound that facilitates transmission of an ion (as of calcium) across a lipid barrier (as in a plasma membrane) by combining with the ion or by increasing the permeability of the barrier to it

Other Words from ionophore

ionophorous \ ī-​ə-​ˈnäf-​ə-​rəs How to pronounce ionophorous (audio) \ adjective

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