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porphin

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noun por·phin \ˈpȯr-fən\
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porphine

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Medical Definition of porphin

  1. :  a deep purple crystalline compound C20H14N4 that is made synthetically from pyrrole and formaldehyde, contains four pyrrole rings joined by =CH− groups so as to give a heterocyclic arrangement, and forms the essential skeletal structure of the porphyrins, heme, and chlorophyll


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