exergonic


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ex·er·gon·ic

 (ĕk′sər-gŏn′ĭk)
adj.
Releasing energy.

[ex(o)- + Greek ergon, work; see werg- in Indo-European roots + -ic.]

exergonic

(ˌɛksəˈɡɒnɪk)
adj
(Biochemistry) (of a biochemical reaction) producing energy and therefore occurring spontaneously. Compare endergonic
[C20: from ex(o)- + Greek ergon work + -ic]

ex•er•gon•ic

(ˌɛk sərˈgɒn ɪk)

adj.
(of a biochemical reaction) liberating energy.
[1935–40; ex-3 + Greek érgon work + -ic]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.exergonic - (biochemistry) of a process accompanied by the release of energy; "diffusion is an exergonic process"
biochemistry - the organic chemistry of compounds and processes occurring in organisms; the effort to understand biology within the context of chemistry
endergonic - (biochemistry) of a process accompanied by or requiring the absorption of energy; the products of the process are of greater free energy than the reactants; "photosynthesis is an endergonic process"
Translations
exergonique
References in periodicals archive ?
Catabolism produces energy by oxidation of fuel molecules in exergonic reactions, whereas anabolism synthesizes body components in endergonic reactions by capturing the energy released from the exergonic reaction (Mayes, 2000).
19) In a second approach, biological organization is a process that couples endergonic processes to the exergonic ones, therefore thermodynamically uphill processes to downhill ones.