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haemoglobin

US hemoglobin

noun
  1. a conjugated protein, consisting of haem and the protein globin, that gives red blood cells their characteristic colour. It combines reversibly with oxygen and is thus very important in the transportation of oxygen to tissuesSee also oxyhaemoglobin

Word Origin

C19: shortened from haematoglobulin, from haematin + globulin the two components
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n.

see hemoglobin; also see æ.

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