cytochrome

noun
cy·​to·​chrome | \ˈsī-tə-ˌkrōm \

Definition of cytochrome 

: any of several intracellular hemoprotein respiratory pigments that are enzymes functioning in electron transport as carriers of electrons

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This is how researchers can look at the koala genome and see how the species is genetically supercharged to digest a plant that’s poisonous to other mammals, namely the cytochrome P450 gene family. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Can the Koala Genome Save the Species From Deforestation and Chlamydia?," 2 July 2018 Arnold and her colleagues have been working with the bacterial version of cytochrome P450 for ten years, trying to convince it to perform new tricks. Jeffrey Marlow, WIRED, "Directed Evolution Teaches an Old Enzyme New Tricks," 8 Jan. 2013

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1925, in the meaning defined above

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cytochrome

noun
cy·​to·​chrome | \ˈsīt-ə-ˌkrōm \

Medical Definition of cytochrome 

: any of several intracellular hemoprotein respiratory pigments that are enzymes functioning in electron transport as carriers of electrons

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