/ (ˌprəʊtəʊˈpɔːfɪrɪn) /
a type of porphyrin that, when combined with an iron atom, forms haem, the oxygen-bearing prosthetic group of the red blood pigment haemoglobin
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Medical definitions for protoporphyrin
[ prō′tō-pôr′fə-rĭn ]
A metal-free porphyrin that combines with iron to form the heme of iron-containing proteins.
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