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Releasing energy.

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


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


(ˌɛk sərˈgɒn ɪk)

(of a biochemical reaction) liberating energy.
[1935–40; ex-3 + Greek érgon work + -ic]
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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"
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When proximity of matter is increased, as in the condensation of molecules onto grains, endergonic or exergonic reactions can occur and will increase organic molecular complexity with compounds of dozens or even hundreds of atoms.
Mitochondria operate a sequence of energy conversion processes through which the exergonic flow of electrons along the respiratory complexes supports the endergonic pumping of protons from the matrix to the intermembrane space.
Strangely negative value for enthalpy of activation was observed suggesting the exergonic nature of the complex.