ionophore

[ ahy-on-uh-fawr, -fohr ]
/ aɪˈɒn əˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr /

noun Biochemistry.

a lipid-soluble substance capable of transporting specific ions through cellular membranes.

Nearby words

  1. iono-,
  2. ionogen,
  3. ionomer,
  4. ionone,
  5. ionopause,
  6. ionophoresis,
  7. ionosonde,
  8. ionosphere,
  9. ionospheric wave,
  10. ionotropic receptor

Origin of ionophore

First recorded in 1950–55; iono- + -phore

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British Dictionary definitions for ionophore

ionophore

/ (aɪˈɒnəˌfɔː) /

noun

a chemical compound capable of forming a complex with an ion and transporting it through a biological membrane

Word Origin for ionophore

C20: from ion + -o- + -phore

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Medicine definitions for ionophore

ionophore

[ ī-ŏnə-fôr ]

n.

Any of a group of organic compounds that form a complex with an ion and transport it across a membrane.

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