noun bac·te·rio·purpurin \bak¦tirē(ˌ)ō +\

Definition of bacteriopurpurin

  1. :  a red coloring matter present in some bacteria that has the power of reducing highly oxidized compounds by absorption of certain rays of light; broadly :  any of several bacterial photosynthetic pigments

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Origin and Etymology of bacteriopurpurin

bacteri- + purpurin

First Known Use: circa 1887

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