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Porphyrin

Definition(s)

A group of compounds containing the porphin structure, four pyrrole rings connected by methine bridges in a cyclic configuration to which a variety of side chains are attached. The nature of the side chain is indicated by a prefix, as uroporphyrin, hematoporphyrin, etc. The porphyrins, in combination with iron, form the heme component in biologically significant compounds such as hemoglobin and myoglobin.

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Any of various compounds with a structure that consists essentially of four pyrrole rings joined by four =CH- groups ; especially : one (as chlorophyll or hemoglobin) containing a central metal atom and usually having biological activity.

Definition from: Merriam-Webster's Medical DictionaryThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. by Merriam-Webster Inc.

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Published: January 27, 2015