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A chemical reaction in which an electron is transferred from one molecule to another. The electron-donating molecule is the reducing agent or reductant; the electron-accepting molecule is the oxidizing agent or oxidant. Reducing and oxidizing agents function as conjugate reductant-oxidant pairs or redox pairs (Lehninger, Principles of Biochemistry, 1982, p471).

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Tree Number(s): G02.700, G03.295.531

MeSH Unique ID: D010084

Entry Terms:

  • Oxidation Reduction
  • Redox

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