lysozyme

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lyso- +‎ enzyme

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lysozyme (plural lysozymes)

  1. (biochemistry) A bacteriolytic (or antibiotic) enzyme found in many animal secretions, and in egg white.
    • 2019, Bill Bryson, The Body: A Guide for Occupants, Black Swan (2020), pages 47-48:
      [Alexander Fleming] had in 1923 discovered lysozyme, an antimicrobial enzyme found in saliva, mucus and tears as part of the body’s first line of defence against invading pathogens.

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