One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a metabolic or chemical process) accompanied by the release of energy.The opposite of endergonic
- ‘The changes of mechanical power are supported by a sequence of exergonic processes that over the last decades have been the subject of extensive research in biochemistry and biophysics.’
- ‘In this strongly exergonic reaction, the high-energy phosphate of PEP is conserved as ATP.’
- ‘Even if a reaction is exergonic (energy-releasing), it may not proceed if its activation energy is too high.’
- ‘With its highly exergonic free energy change, the flow of electrons through Complex I is more than adequate to drive ATP synthesis.’
- ‘In this way, the energy released by the exergonic reaction can be partially harnessed to drive the endergonic one.’
1940s: from ex- ‘out of’ + Greek ergon ‘work’ + -ic.
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