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opsin

[op-sin] /ˈɒp sɪn/
noun, Biochemistry.
1.
any of several compounds that form the protein component of the light-sensitive retina pigment, rhodopsin.
Origin of opsin
1950-1955
First recorded in 1950-55; probably back formation from rhodopsin
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opsin

/ˈɒpsɪn/
noun
1.
the protein that together with retinene makes up the purple visual pigment rhodopsin
Word Origin
C20: back formation from rhodopsin
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opsin in Medicine

opsin op·sin (ŏp'sĭn)
n.
A protein of the retina, especially the protein constituent of rhodopsin, that makes up one of the visual pigments.

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