electrochemical gradient

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electrochemical gradient

[i‚lek·trō‚kem·i·kəl ′grād·ē·ənt]
(cell and molecular biology)
The combined effect of a solute's concentration gradient across a membrane and the electric charge gradient across the membrane (the membrane potential), which drives the solute to cross the membrane.
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Ethanol increases the porosity of the cell membrane, making it very difficult for cells to maintain their electrochemical gradients.
Serotonin (5-HT) transport via SERT functions to terminate synaptic serotonergic transmission and is energetically coupled to the inwardly-directed electrochemical gradients of [Na.
Ion channels are membrane proteins that permit or do not permit ions to pass through cellular membranes according to ion concentration and electrochemical gradients.

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