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- adj. Requiring energy: an endergonic chemical reaction.
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- adj. Describing a reaction that absorbs (heat) energy from its environment
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- adj. (biochemistry) of a process accompanied by or requiring the absorption of energy; the products of the process are of greater free energy than the reactants
Real cells link non-spontaneous processes, called endergonic, which do not occur without the addition of free energy, to spontaneous processes which supply that free energy.
A continuously increasing number of enzymatic reactions are becoming known in which the energy of adenosine triphosphate, the compound isolated by his associate Lohmann, provides the energy for endergonic synthesis reactions.
How might fish consumption advisories take this into account? would an endergonic reaction reult in the production of ATP or ADP molecules?