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noun, plural: phosphates
A salt of phosphoric acid.
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.
Related term(s):

  • Codeine phosphate
  • Effervescent sodium phosphate
  • Oleandomycin phosphate
  • Utp-glucose-1-phosphate uridylyltransferase

Mentioned in:

  • DNA
  • Chemiosmotic coupling
  • ATP synthase

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