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Superoxide radical

Synonym(s)

  • superoxide anion

Definition(s)

Highly reactive compounds produced when oxygen is reduced by a single electron. In biological systems, they may be generated during the normal catalytic function of a number of enzymes and during the oxidation of hemoglobin to METHEMOGLOBIN. In living organisms, SUPEROXIDE DISMUTASE protects the cell from the deleterious effects of superoxides.

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See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: October 20, 2014