Definition of lysozyme in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈlʌɪsəzʌɪm


[mass noun] Biochemistry
  • An enzyme which catalyses the destruction of the cell walls of certain bacteria, and occurs notably in tears and egg white.
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    • Intriguingly, enzymes such as lipase, lysozyme, and subtilisin retained their activities in organic solvents.
    • Several detailed studies were carried out with the proteins lysozyme and ferritin.
    • The results were also verified by examining the spectra of two purified proteins, albumin and lysozyme.


early 20th century: from lysis + a shortened form of enzyme.

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