from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of a group of organic compounds that facilitate the transport of ions across the cell membrane.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. any substance that can transfer ions from a hydrophilic medium (such as water) to a hydrophobic medium, or across a biological membrane, normally by forming a complex with it; an ion carrier
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A compound that enhances transport of ions across cellular membranes, by binding them and carrying them across. As a class ionophores tend to be lipophilic in nature; each compound is usually specific for one or a small number of ions.
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