noun Biochemistry.

any of several compounds that form the protein component of the light-sensitive retina pigment, rhodopsin.

Origin of opsin

First recorded in 1950–55; probably back formation from rhodopsin
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British Dictionary definitions for opsin



the protein that together with retinene makes up the purple visual pigment rhodopsin

Word Origin for opsin

C20: back formation from rhodopsin
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opsin in Medicine




A protein of the retina, especially the protein constituent of rhodopsin, that makes up one of the visual pigments.
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