Definition of Hemocyanin

1. Noun. (biochemistry) a blue copper-containing respiratory pigment (a metalloprotein) found in most molluscs, and some arthropods ¹



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Definition of Hemocyanin

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Medical Definition of Hemocyanin

1. Blue, oxygen transporting, copper containing protein found in the blood of molluscs and crustacea. A very large protein with 20-40 subunits and molecular weight of 2-8 million and having a characteristic cuboidal appearance under the electron microscope. Prior to the introduction of immunogold techniques, it was used for electron microscopic localisation by coupling to antibody. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hemocyanin

hemmer
hemmers
hemming
hemming-stitch
hemming and hawing
hemming filter
hemming in
hemo-
hemochromatoses
hemochromatosis
hemochrome
hemochromes
hemocoel
hemocoels
hemocompatibility
hemocyanin (current term)
hemocyanins
hemocyte
hemocytes
hemocytometer
hemocytometers
hemoderivative
hemoderivatives
hemodiafiltration
hemodialyses
hemodialysis
hemodialyzer
hemodialyzers
hemodilution
hemodilutions

Literary usage of Hemocyanin

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1. International Medical and Surgical Surveyby American Institute of Medicine by American Institute of Medicine (1922)
"This difficulty may he largely avoided by using crystallized hemocyanin which ... The authors have not examined the hemocyanin of Limulus, but it probably ..."

2. Physiological Chemistry: A Text-book and Manual for Students by Albert Prescott Mathews (1915)
"hemocyanin contains copper in place of iron. The composition of this pigment has not been investigated with the thoroughness of that of hemoglobin, ..."

3. Elementary Biology: An Introduction to the Science of Life by Benjamin Charles Gruenberg (1919)
"In the clams the blood contains a bluish substance, called hemocyanin, which easily combines with oxygen, and thus carries oxygen obtained from the ..."

4. Mineral Requirements for Military Personnel: Levels Needed for Cognitive And by Food and Nutrition Board, Committee on Military Nutrition Research, National Academy of Sciences (U.S.) (2006)
"SUPRESSION OF ACQUIRED IMMUNITY BY STRESS In Vivo Generation of Antibody Against Keyhole Limpet hemocyanin as a Measure of Acquired Immunity Acquired ..."

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