Definition of lysozyme in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlīsəˌzīm/


An enzyme that catalyzes the destruction of the cell walls of certain bacteria, occurring notably in tears and egg white.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: ly·so·zyme

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