triphosphate

noun
tri·phos·phate | \ (ˌ)trī-ˈfäs-ˌfāt \

Definition of triphosphate 

: a salt or acid that contains three phosphate groups — compare atp, gtp

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Decades in the making Adenosine is a component of ATP, or adenosine triphosphate, which cells use for energy. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Possible arthritis drug discovered because lab mice wouldn't mate," 11 May 2017 First was the levels of phosphocreatine, which allows muscles to continue contracting even when adenosine triphosphate, or ATP (a key molecule in transporting chemical energy within the cell), runs out. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Sherpas May Have Evolved to Live and Work at Altitude," 24 May 2017 Decades in the making Adenosine is a component of ATP, or adenosine triphosphate, which cells use for energy. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Possible arthritis drug discovered because lab mice wouldn't mate," 11 May 2017

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circa 1826, in the meaning defined above

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triphosphate

noun
tri·phos·phate | \ (ˈ)trī-ˈfäs-ˌfāt \

Medical Definition of triphosphate 

: a salt or acid that contains three phosphate groups — see atp, gtp

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