siderophore

noun

sid·​ero·​phore ˈsid-ə-rə-ˌfō(ə)r How to pronounce siderophore (audio)
: any of a group of low molecular weight compounds produced especially by various microorganisms that bind ferric iron extracellularly to form a stable chelate for transport into the cell

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“Siderophore.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/siderophore. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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