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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Mucilage is a polar glycoprotein that is texturally characterized by a dense stickiness, and it can be found in a number of plants such as aloe vera, psyllium husks, and okra. Science & Food, Discover Magazine, 25 Oct. 2016 Straight edge: The miracle fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum), native to West Africa, contains a glycoprotein called miraculin that binds to taste receptors on the tongue and makes sour foods taste sweet. Kirsten Weir, Discover Magazine, 10 Feb. 2011 This vaccine, which uses an adenovirus that infects chimpanzees to deliver the Ebola Sudan glycoprotein to the immune system, was developed at the VRC and for a time was licensed by vaccine behemoth GSK. Helen Branswell, STAT, 1 Oct. 2022 But there’s another interesting layer to a potential protective element in Type O blood: something called von Willebrand factor, which is a glycoprotein in charge of repairing damage to blood vessels by prompting your blood to clot. Rachael Schultz, Men's Health, 7 Mar. 2022 With this study, the researchers hope that others can start looking into developing small molecules that might increase P-glycoprotein activity. Dallas News, 29 June 2021 The peptide in use was a membrane-spanning peptide that covered the carboxy terminus of the exterior glycoprotein, which deleted the membrane-spanning region, and included a small portion of the cytoplasmic domain. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 19 May 2021 The antibodies target the only protein on the outside of Ebola virus particles, the glycoprotein. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 15 Oct. 2020 Ebola uses its glycoprotein to attach to and enter human cells, sparking infection. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 15 Oct. 2020 See More

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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 31 Jan. 2023.

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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