lysozyme

[ lahy-suh-zahym ]
/ ˈlaɪ səˌzaɪm /

noun Biochemistry.

an enzyme that is destructive of bacteria and functions as an antiseptic, found in tears, leukocytes, mucus, egg albumin, and certain plants.

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Origin of lysozyme

First recorded in 1920–25; lyso- + (en)zyme
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British Dictionary definitions for lysozyme

lysozyme
/ (ˈlaɪsəˌzaɪm) /

noun

an enzyme occurring in tears, certain body tissues, and egg white: destroys bacteria by hydrolysing polysaccharides in their cell walls

Word Origin for lysozyme

C20: from lyso- + (en) zyme
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Medical definitions for lysozyme

lysozyme
[ līsə-zīm′ ]

n.

An enzyme occurring naturally in egg white, human tears, saliva, and other body fluids, capable of destroying the cell walls of certain bacteria and thereby acting as a mild antiseptic.muramidase
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