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methemoglobin

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noun met·he·mo·glo·bin \ˌmet-ˈhē-mə-ˌglō-bən\

Definition of methemoglobin

  1. :  a soluble brown crystalline basic blood pigment that differs from hemoglobin in containing ferric iron and in being unable to combine reversibly with molecular oxygen



Origin and Etymology of methemoglobin

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1870


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methemoglobin

noun met·he·mo·glo·bin

Medical Definition of methemoglobin

  1. :  a soluble brown crystalline basic blood pigment that is found in normal blood in much smaller amounts than hemoglobin, that is formed from blood, hemoglobin, or oxyhemoglobin by oxidation, and that differs from hemoglobin in containing ferric iron and in being unable to combine reversibly with molecular oxygen—called also ferrihemoglobin



Variants of methemoglobin

or chiefly British

methaemoglobin

\(ˈ)met-ˈhē-mə-ˌglō-bən\play

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