bacteriorhodopsin

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bacteriorhodopsin

[bak-teer-ee-oh-roh-dop-sin]
noun Biochemistry.
a protein complex in the membrane of halobacteria that conducts a unique form of photosynthesis, employing the light-sensitive pigment retinal rather than the chlorophyll used by all other known photosynthetic organisms.

Origin:
1975–80; bacterio- + rhodopsin

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