hemocyanin

noun
he·​mo·​cy·​a·​nin | \ ˌhē-mō-ˈsī-ə-nən \

Definition of hemocyanin

: a copper-containing respiratory pigment in the circulatory fluid of various arthropods and mollusks

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The scientists discovered that gribbles use hemocyanins to attack the strong bonds of lignin. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Gribble Worm Could Hold Secrets for Cheaper Renewable Energy," 5 Dec. 2018 Octopuses, lobsters and horseshoe crabs use hemocyanin, which means blue blood. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Green-Blooded Lizards Live With a Pigment That Should Kill Them," 20 May 2018

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First Known Use of hemocyanin

1885, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hemocyanin

International Scientific Vocabulary hem- + cyan- + -in entry 1

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The first known use of hemocyanin was in 1885

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hemocyanin

noun
he·​mo·​cy·​a·​nin
variants: or chiefly British haemocyanin \ ˌhē-​mō-​ˈsī-​ə-​nən \

Medical Definition of hemocyanin

: a colorless copper-containing respiratory pigment in solution in the blood plasma of various arthropods and mollusks

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