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[lahy-suh-zahym] /ˈlaɪ səˌzaɪm/
noun, Biochemistry
an enzyme that is destructive of bacteria and functions as an antiseptic, found in tears, leukocytes, mucus, egg albumin, and certain plants.
Origin of lysozyme
1920-25; lyso- + (en)zyme Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for lysozyme


an enzyme occurring in tears, certain body tissues, and egg white: destroys bacteria by hydrolysing polysaccharides in their cell walls
Word Origin
C20: from lyso- + (en)zyme
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Word Origin and History for lysozyme

1922, from lyso- + suffix from enzyme.

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lysozyme in Medicine

lysozyme ly·so·zyme (lī'sə-zīm')
An enzyme occurring naturally in egg white, human tears, saliva, and other body fluids, capable of destroying the cell walls of certain bacteria and thereby acting as a mild antiseptic. Also called muramidase.

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