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P:O ratio

 

Definition: a measure of oxidative phosphorylation; the ratio of phosphate radicals esterified (forming adenosine 5'-triphosphate from adenosine 5'-diphosphate) to atoms of oxygen consumed by mitochondria; normally, the ratio is 3 (starting from NADH).

Synonym(s): P/O quotient

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