rate-limiting step

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The slowest step in a metabolic pathway or series of chemical reactions, which determines the overall rate of the other reactions in the pathway. In an enzymatic reaction, the rate-limiting step is generally the stage that requires the greatest activation energy or the transition state of highest free energy.

Subjects: Biological Sciences — Chemistry.

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