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lysozyme

[ lahy-suh-zahym ]

noun

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


lysozyme

/ ˈlaɪsəˌzaɪm /

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of lysozyme1

First recorded in 1920–25; lyso- + (en)zyme
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Word History and Origins

Origin of lysozyme1

C20: from lyso- + ( en ) zyme

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