bacteriorhodopsin

noun

bac·​te·​ri·​o·​rho·​dop·​sin bak-ˌtir-ē-ə-rō-ˈdäp-sin How to pronounce bacteriorhodopsin (audio)
: a purple-pigmented protein that is found in the outer membrane of a bacterium (Halobacterium salinarium synonym H. halobium) and that converts light energy into chemical energy in the synthesis of ATP

Word History

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bacteriorhodopsin was in 1971

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Cite this Entry

“Bacteriorhodopsin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bacteriorhodopsin. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

bacteriorhodopsin

noun
bac·​te·​ri·​o·​rho·​dop·​sin bak-ˌtir-ē-ō-rō-ˈdäp-sən How to pronounce bacteriorhodopsin (audio)
: a purple-pigmented protein that is found in the outer membrane of a bacterium (Halobacterium salinarium synonym H. halobium) and that converts light energy into chemical energy in the synthesis of ATP
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