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

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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, "Unboiled Egg Untangles a Knotty Protein Problem," 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, "Unboiled Egg Untangles a Knotty Protein Problem," 2 Feb. 2015 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lysozyme. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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

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