- a bright-red photosensitive pigment found in the rod-shaped cells of the retina of certain fishes and most higher vertebrates: it is broken down by the action of dim light into retinal and opsin.
Origin of rhodopsin
Also called visual purple.
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In the outer part of the rods the visual purple or rhodopsin is found.
- a red pigment in the rods of the retina in vertebrates. It is dissociated by light into retinene, the light energy being converted into nerve signals, and is re-formed in the darkAlso called: visual purple See also iodopsin
C20: from rhodo- + -opsis + -in
- A thermolabile protein that is sensitive to red light and is found in the external segments of the rods of the retina of the eye.visual purple
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