phosphagen

[ fos-fuh-juh n, -jen ]
/ ˈfɒs fə dʒən, -ˌdʒɛn /

noun Biochemistry.

a high-energy phosphoric ester that serves as a reservoir of phosphate-bond energy, as phosphocreatine in vertebrates and phosphoarginine in invertebrates.

Nearby words

  1. phoropter,
  2. phos-,
  3. phosgene,
  4. phosgenite,
  5. phosph-,
  6. phosphamidon,
  7. phosphatase,
  8. phosphate,
  9. phosphate diabetes,
  10. phosphate group

Origin of phosphagen

First recorded in 1925–30; phospha(te) + -gen

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