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leghemoglobin

[leg-hee-muh-gloh-bin, -hem-uh-] /lɛgˈhi məˌgloʊ bɪn, -ˈhɛm ə-/
noun, Biochemistry
1.
a hemoglobinlike red pigment in the root nodules of leguminous plants, as soybean, that is essential for nitrogen fixation.
Also called legoglobin.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70; leg(ume) + hemoglobin
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  • The nodules that had the nitrogen fixation activity were pink because of leghemoglobin.

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