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endergonic Line breaks: ender|gon¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˌɛndəːˈɡɒnɪk/

Definition of endergonic in English:


(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.
Example sentences
  • 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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