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P/O ratio
medical dictionary

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).

Synonyms: P/O quotient.

(05 Mar 2000)

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