lysozyme

noun
ly·​so·​zyme | \ˈlī-sə-ˌzīm \

Definition of lysozyme 

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

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But the lysozyme actually had a piezoelectric effect of up to 6.5 picocoulombs per newton. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "Your Tears Can Generate Electricity," 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, "Is that water drinkable? Fast test may hold the answer," 11 Oct. 2017

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1922, in the meaning defined above

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lysozyme

noun
ly·​so·​zyme | \ˈlī-sə-ˌzīm \

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

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