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cytochrome

Syllabification: cy·to·chrome
Pronunciation: /ˈsīdəˌkrōm
 
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Definition of cytochrome in English:

noun

Biochemistry
Any of a number of compounds consisting of heme bonded to a protein. Cytochromes function as electron transfer agents in many metabolic pathways, especially cellular respiration.
Example sentences
  • The majority of iron in humans is located in the porphyrin ring of heme that is incorporated into proteins and enzymes such as myoglobin, hemoglobin, cytochromes, catalases, and peroxidases.
  • Hemoglobin, myoglobin, cytochromes, and other proteins are involved in oxygen transport and utilization.
  • Iron is used in actively proliferating cells for cytochrome and DNA synthesis.

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