Definition of flavin in English:

flavin

Line breaks: fla¦vin
Pronunciation: /ˈfleɪvɪn
 
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noun

Biochemistry
  • Any of a group of naturally occurring pigments including riboflavin. They have a tricyclic aromatic molecular structure.
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    • Cellular flavins and flavin adenine dinucleotides and mononucleotides exist mostly as cofactors for enzymes involved in oxidation-reduction reactions.
    • Studies performed on cultured mammalian cell lines demonstrate that most of the cell fluorescence arises from reduced pyridine nucleotides, flavins, and lipofuscin.
    • Most studies of UVA and violet-blue light responses have implicated carotenoids and flavins as molecular photoreceptors.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Latin flavus 'yellow' + -in1.

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