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Phosphate

Definition
noun, plural: phosphates
A salt of phosphoric acid.
Supplement
As a biological molecule, it is composed of phosphorus and oxygen and plays a major role in biological processes of many organisms, e.g. as chemical component of nucleic acids (DNA and RNA), nucleotides (ATP), plasma membrane (phospholipids), etc.
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Mentioned in:

  • DNA
  • Chemiosmotic coupling
  • ATP synthase


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