Dictionary > Terminal electron acceptor

Terminal electron acceptor

Definition
noun
A compound that receives or accepts an electron during oxidation of carbon source, e.g. during cellular respiration or photosynthesis.
Supplement
Organisms obtain energy by transferring electrons from an electron donor to an electron acceptor. In the electron transport chain, the electron acceptor is reduced and the electron donor is oxidized. In cellular respiration under aerobic conditions oxygen is the terminal electron acceptor.
See also: electron acceptor, redox reaction.


You will also like...

Lights' Effect on Growth
Lights’ Effect on Growth

This tutorial elaborates on the effect of light on plant growth. It describes how different plants require different amo..

Photosynthesis and respiration
Plant Metabolism

Plants are responsible for incredible feats of molecular transformation. Plant processes, such as photosynthesis, photop..

Geological Periods
Geological Periods

Geological periods is a study guide that cites the different geological periods on Earth's timeline. Each has a brief ov..

An artist depiction of a Precambrian multicellular life form.
The Evolution of Cell Organelles

The nucleus containing the genetic material, DNA, and the mitochondria, well-identified as the "powerhouse of the cell",..

Physical growth
Physical Development in Humans

This tutorial elaborates on the physical development of humans, particularly from puberty to adulthood. Read this tutori..

Circulation
Circulation

The circulatory system is key to the transport of vital biomolecules and nutrients throughout the body. Learn about the ..

Related Articles...

No related articles found

See all Related Topics