[ fley-vin ]
/ ˈfleɪ vɪn /

noun Biochemistry.

a complex heterocyclic ketone that is common to the nonprotein part of several important yellow enzymes, the flavoproteins.

Nearby words

  1. flautist,
  2. flav-,
  3. flav.,
  4. flavescent,
  5. flavia,
  6. flavin-adenine dinucleotide,
  7. flavine,
  8. flavius,
  9. flavivirus,
  10. flavo-

Also flavine.

Origin of flavin

First recorded in 1850–55; flav- + -in2


a combining form occurring in compound words which denote natural derivatives of flavin: riboflavin.
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British Dictionary definitions for flavin



/ (ˈfleɪvɪn) /


a heterocyclic ketone that forms the nucleus of certain natural yellow pigments, such as riboflavin. Formula: C 10 H 6 N 4 O 2See flavoprotein
any yellow pigment based on flavin
another name for quercetin

Word Origin for flavin

C19: from Latin flāvus yellow

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Medicine definitions for flavin


[ flāvĭn ]


Any of various water-soluble yellow pigments, including riboflavin, found in plant and animal tissue as coenzymes of flavoproteins.
A ketone that gives color to various natural yellow pigments.

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