porphyropsin

noun
por·​phy·​rop·​sin | \ ˌpȯr-fə-ˈräp-sən How to pronounce porphyropsin (audio) \

Definition of porphyropsin

: a purple pigment in the retinal rods of freshwater fishes that resembles rhodopsin

First Known Use of porphyropsin

1930, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for porphyropsin

Greek porphyra purple + English -opsin (as in rhodopsin)

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“Porphyropsin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/porphyropsin. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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porphyropsin

noun
por·​phy·​rop·​sin | \ ˌpȯr-fə-ˈräp-sən How to pronounce porphyropsin (audio) \

Medical Definition of porphyropsin

: a purple pigment in the retinal rods of freshwater fishes that resembles rhodopsin

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