ionophore definition

  • noun:
    • some of several organic substances that facilitate the transportation of ions across the mobile membrane.
    • any material that may transfer ions from a hydrophilic method (eg liquid) to a hydrophobic method, or across a biological membrane layer, ordinarily by creating a complex with it; an ion carrier
    • A compound that enhances transportation of ions across cellular membranes, by binding all of them and carrying them across. As a course ionophores tend to be lipophilic in nature; each compound is normally particular for one or a small number of ions.

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