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transferrin

Line breaks: trans|fer¦rin
Pronunciation: /transˈfɛrɪn
 
, trɑːns-, -nz-/

Definition of transferrin in English:

noun

[mass noun] Biochemistry
A protein of the beta globulin group which binds and transports iron in blood serum.
Example sentences
  • The transferrin receptor is a protein located in the plasma membrane that binds the protein transferrin.
  • Iron, an essential requirement of bacteria, is tightly bound to glycoproteins such as transferrin and lactoferrin in the serum, making it unavailable for the bacteria.
  • This blood test measures the amount of iron bound to transferrin, an iron-carrying protein in your bloodstream.

Origin

1940s: from trans- 'across' + Latin ferrum 'iron' + -in1.

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