[ ek-ser-gon-ik ]

  1. (of a biochemical reaction) liberating energy.

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Origin of exergonic

1935–40; ex-3 + Greek érgonwork + -ic

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British Dictionary definitions for exergonic


/ (ˌɛksəˈɡɒnɪk) /

  1. (of a biochemical reaction) producing energy and therefore occurring spontaneously: Compare endergonic

Origin of exergonic

C20: from ex (o)- + Greek ergon work + -ic

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Scientific definitions for exergonic


[ ĕk′sər-gŏnĭk ]

  1. Relating to a chemical reaction that releases energy. The breakdown of sugars by cellular metabolism is an exergonic reaction that releases energy used to drive endergonic reactions. Compare endergonic.

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