Definition of endergonic in English:


Line breaks: ender|gon¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˌɛndəːˈgɒnɪk


  • (Of a metabolic or chemical process) accompanied by or requiring the absorption of energy, the products being of greater free energy than the reactants. The opposite of exergonic.
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    • Energy production in the various cell compartments and energy consumption in endergonic processes have to be well adjusted to the varying conditions.
    • Reactions with negative DG values are termed exergonic and those with positive DG values endergonic.
    • Dehydration is endergonic not only because the products are less strongly bonded, but because entropy is decreased in the synthesis of the more complex macromolecule.


mid 20th century: from endo- 'within' + Greek ergon 'work' + -ic.

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