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res'piratory chain"



Biochem.
a series of mitochondrial proteins that transport electrons of hydrogen, released in the Krebs cycle, from acetyl coenzyme A to inhaled oxygen to form H2O: the energy released in the process is conserved as ATP. Cf. electron transport.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

respiratoryrespiratory distress syndrome

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