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bacteriorhodopsin

[bak-teer-ee-oh-roh-dop-sin] /bækˌtɪər i oʊ roʊˈdɒp sɪn/
noun, Biochemistry
1.
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 of bacteriorhodopsin
1975-1980
1975-80; bacterio- + rhodopsin
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