globin

noun

glo·​bin ˈglō-bən How to pronounce globin (audio)
: a colorless protein obtained by removal of heme from a conjugated protein and especially hemoglobin

Examples of globin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Orkin discovered a way to take advantage of a natural source of healthy globin—a genetic sequence that is turned on during fetal development but is silenced in adults. TIME, 17 Apr. 2024 People who were possibly exposed received post-exposure prophylaxis immune globin, using plasma containing antibodies to immediately protect against measles. Eduardo Cuevas, USA TODAY, 9 Jan. 2024 The haemoglobin protein is a made of two slightly different molecules – alpha-globin and beta-globin – and people with beta-thalassaemia have faults with the latter. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 15 Sep. 2010 In his genome, neither copy of the beta-globin gene works at full capacity: one is either useless or produces an unstable protein; the other is completely broken. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 15 Sep. 2010 Once there, scientists will treat the cells with Bluebird’s gene therapy, made from a lentivirus that shuttles the beta-globin gene into the cells. Ryan Cross, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Aug. 2022 Even Linus Pauling, who famously discovered that sickle cell was caused by the substitution of a single amino acid in the globin protein, was part of this dismal history. Gina Kolata, New York Times, 28 Dec. 2021 Four globin units, two alpha and two beta, make up hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying component of red blood cells. Nicholas Wade, New York Times, 23 Feb. 2020 Compounding the problem is that hemoglobin, when unprotected in blood plasma, decomposes into its component globin subunits. Quanta Magazine, 22 Apr. 2019

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Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary, from hemoglobin

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of globin was in 1872

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“Globin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/globin. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

globin

noun
glo·​bin ˈglō-bən How to pronounce globin (audio)
: a colorless protein obtained by removal of heme from a conjugated protein and especially hemoglobin

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