cytochrome

noun
cy·​to·​chrome | \ ˈsī-tə-ˌkrōm How to pronounce cytochrome (audio) \

Definition of cytochrome

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

Examples of cytochrome in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These images showed the component parts of cytochrome b6f down to the level of individual molecules. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "Key Photosynthesis Complex Viewed in Spinach," 13 Nov. 2019 Individual cytochromes are important for moving electrons around inside cells. New York Times, "Wired Bacteria Form Nature’s Power Grid: ‘We Have an Electric Planet’," 1 July 2019 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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cytochrome. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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cytochrome

noun
cy·​to·​chrome | \ ˈsīt-ə-ˌkrōm How to pronounce cytochrome (audio) \

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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