lysozyme

noun
ly·​so·​zyme | \ ˈlī-sə-ˌzīm How to pronounce lysozyme (audio) \

Definition of lysozyme

: a basic bacteriolytic protein that hydrolyzes peptidoglycan and is present in egg white and in human tears and saliva

Examples of lysozyme in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To recover the lysozyme the researchers start by dissolving the egg white overnight in a solution that breaks the clumps apart. Sarah Lewin Frasier, Scientific American, 2 Feb. 2015 An egg white is made of water containing a variety of proteins, including lysozyme, which plays a part in the immune system. Sarah Lewin Frasier, Scientific American, 2 Feb. 2015 But the lysozyme actually had a piezoelectric effect of up to 6.5 picocoulombs per newton. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, 19 Oct. 2017 So the researchers added an ingredient to their ink: lysozyme, an enzyme that specializes in opening up bacteria. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 11 Oct. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'lysozyme.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of lysozyme

1922, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About lysozyme

Time Traveler for lysozyme

Time Traveler

The first known use of lysozyme was in 1922

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near lysozyme

lysogeny

lysolecithin

lysosome

lysozyme

Lyssacina

-lyte

lythe

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for lysozyme

Cite this Entry

“Lysozyme.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lysozyme. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for lysozyme

lysozyme

noun
ly·​so·​zyme | \ ˈlī-sə-ˌzīm How to pronounce lysozyme (audio) \

Medical Definition of lysozyme

: a basic bacteriolytic protein that hydrolyzes peptidoglycan and is present in egg white and in saliva and tears

called also muramidase

More from Merriam-Webster on lysozyme

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about lysozyme

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!