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porphyrin

[pawr-fuh-rin]
noun Biochemistry.
  1. a dark red, photosensitive pigment consisting of four pyrrole rings linked by single carbon atoms: a component of chlorophyll, heme, and vitamin B12.
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Origin of porphyrin

1905–10; < Greek porphýr(a) purple + -in2
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British Dictionary definitions for porphyrin

porphyrin

noun
  1. any of a group of pigments occurring widely in animal and plant tissues and having a heterocyclic structure formed from four pyrrole rings linked by four methylene groups
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Word Origin for porphyrin

C20: from Greek porphura purple, referring to its colour
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porphyrin in Medicine

porphyrin

(pôrfə-rĭn)
n.
  1. Any of various heterocyclic compounds, derived from pyrrole, that occur universally in protoplasm, contain a central metal atom, and provide the foundation structure for hemoglobin, chlorophyll, and certain enzymes.
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porphyrin in Science

porphyrin

[pôrfə-rĭn]
  1. Any of various organic pigments containing four pyrrole rings bonded to one another. The rings form the corners of a large flat square, in the middle of which is a cavity that often contains a metal atom. Porphyrins occur universally in protoplasm and function with bound metals such as iron in hemoglobin and magnesium in chlorophyll.
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