gly·​co·​pro·​tein ˌglī-kō-ˈprō-ˌtēn How to pronounce glycoprotein (audio)
: a conjugated protein in which the nonprotein group is a carbohydrate

Examples of glycoprotein in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The team accomplishes this feat using a unique glycoprotein called VSVGmut. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Even so, the latter’s manufacturing procedures weren’t great at applying a vital surface layer of lipids and glycoproteins to help the silk hold up to sunlight and humidity. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 21 Sep. 2023 It’s formulated with Antarctic glacial glycoprotein and fountain plant, which work together to balance your skin’s moisture levels and strengthen the skin barrier, keeping your complexion from being too oily or dry throughout the day and shielding it from acne-causing bacteria. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 17 May 2023 Price at time of publish: $38 Active ingredients: Octocrylene, homosalate | Key ingredients: Glycerin, glacial glycoprotein, fountain plant, squalane | SPF: 30 | Size: 1.7 oz. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 17 May 2023 The vaccine targets a protein known as RSV F glycoprotein, which is found on the surface of the virus. Annette Regan, Fortune Well, 10 May 2023 Research suggests that the rabies glycoprotein — a large molecule on the surface of the virus that attaches to host cells — may interact with host proteins that help produce muscular contractions. Tara C. Smith, Quanta Magazine, 23 Feb. 2023 Artificially inhibiting this receptor with a part of the rabies glycoprotein was found to produce rabies-like behavior in mice. Tara C. Smith, Quanta Magazine, 23 Feb. 2023 Erythropoietin is a glycoprotein that supports the transformation of hematopoietic stem cells into other blood cells. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1908, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of glycoprotein was circa 1908

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Cite this Entry

“Glycoprotein.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


gly·​co·​pro·​tein -ˈprō-ˌtēn, -ˈprōt-ē-ən How to pronounce glycoprotein (audio)
: a conjugated protein in which the nonprotein group is a carbohydrate

called also glucoprotein

compare mucoprotein

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