[ahy-on-uh-fawr, -fohr]

Origin of ionophore

First recorded in 1950–55; iono- + -phore Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for ionophore


  1. 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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ionophore in Medicine


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