One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Biochemistry. Of, relating to, or involving a process in which ions are translocated across a membrane to produce an electrochemical gradient, or diffuse passively down such a gradient; specifically designating a theory (now generally accepted) that energy for biochemical processes is supplied by creation of a gradient of hydrogen ion (proton) concentration across a membrane; relating to or conforming to this theory.
Late 19th century (in an earlier sense). From chemiosmosis, originally after German chemosmotisch.
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