triphosphate

noun

tri·​phos·​phate (ˌ)trī-ˈfäs-ˌfāt How to pronounce triphosphate (audio)
: a salt or acid that contains three phosphate groups compare atp, gtp

Examples of triphosphate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The primary way these ingredients produce this result is by increasing ATP levels (Adenosine triphosphate), which provides energy to cells. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 17 Oct. 2022 The reverse transcriptase enzyme in prime editors uses the same DNA building blocks, called deoxynucleotide triphosphates, that the cell naturally for its own DNA replication and repair. Sharon Begley, STAT, 6 Nov. 2019 Decades in the making Adenosine is a component of ATP, or adenosine triphosphate, which cells use for energy. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, 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, 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, 11 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1826, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of triphosphate was circa 1826

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“Triphosphate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/triphosphate. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

triphosphate

noun
tri·​phos·​phate (ˈ)trī-ˈfäs-ˌfāt How to pronounce triphosphate (audio)
: a salt or acid that contains three phosphate groups see atp, gtp
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