porphyrin

noun
por·​phy·​rin | \ ˈpȯr-fə-rən How to pronounce porphyrin (audio) \

Definition of porphyrin

: any of various compounds with a macrocyclic structure that consists essentially of four pyrrole rings joined by four =CH− groups especially : one (such as chlorophyll or hemoglobin) containing a central metal atom and usually exhibiting biological activity

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Recent Examples on the Web The researchers’ gold-scrubber is based on an organic compound called a porphyrin. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "New polymer easily captures gold extracted from e-waste," 28 June 2020 The compounds, called porphyrins, had previously been shown to be adept at absorbing light and using that energy to convert oxygen molecules in the air to a reactive form known as singlet oxygen. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Crystalline nets harvest water from desert air, turn carbon dioxide into liquid fuel," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of porphyrin

1910, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for porphyrin

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek porphyra purple

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“Porphyrin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/porphyrin. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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porphyrin

noun
por·​phy·​rin | \ ˈpȯr-fə-rən How to pronounce porphyrin (audio) \

Medical Definition of porphyrin

: any of various compounds with a structure that consists essentially of four pyrrole rings joined by four =CH− groups especially : one (as chlorophyll or hemoglobin) containing a central metal atom and usually having biological activity

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