bacteriorhodopsin

noun bac·te·ri·o·rho·dop·sin \ bak-ˌtir-ē-ə-rō-ˈdäp-sin \

Definition of bacteriorhodopsin

: 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

First Known Use of bacteriorhodopsin

1971

in the meaning defined above

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

Medical Dictionary

bacteriorhodopsin

noun bac·te·ri·o·rho·dop·sin \ bak-ˌtir-ē-ō-rō-ˈdäp-sən \

medical Definition of bacteriorhodopsin

: 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

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up bacteriorhodopsin? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a lighting electrician on a movie set

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Eponym Quiz

  • rubens-painting
  • Which is the best synonym of bowdlerize?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!