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rhodopsin Line breaks: rhod|op¦sin
Pronunciation: /rə(ʊ)ˈdɒpsɪn/

Definition of rhodopsin in English:


Another term for visual purple.
Example sentences
  • The spectra of the intermediates and the ground forms of the rhodopsin family possess a characteristic common feature.
  • It is the reddish purple color of retinal that gives rhodopsin its former name visual purple.
  • We trace which amino acids contact the chromophore of rhodopsin.


Late 19th century: from Greek rhodon 'rose' + opsis 'sight' + -in1.

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