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rhodopsin

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noun rho·dop·sin \rō-ˈdäp-sən\

Definition of rhodopsin

  1. :  a red photosensitive pigment in the retinal rods of the eye of most vertebrates that is important in vision in dim light —called also visual purple



Origin and Etymology of rhodopsin

International Scientific Vocabulary rhod- + Greek opsis sight, vision + International Scientific Vocabulary 1-in — more at optic


First Known Use: 1886


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rhodopsin

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noun rho·dop·sin \rō-ˈdäp-sən\

Medical Definition of rhodopsin

  1. :  a red photosensitive pigment in the retinal rods of marine fishes and most higher vertebrates that is important in vision in dim light, is quickly bleached by light to a mixture of opsin and retinal, and is regenerated in the dark—called also visual purple




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