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lysozyme

 [li´so-zim]
a crystalline, basic protein present in saliva, tears, egg white, and many animal fluids, which functions as an antibacterial enzyme.

ly·so·zyme

(lī'sō-zīm), [MIM*153450]
An enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of 1,4-β linkages between N-acetylmuramic acid and N-acetyl-d-glucosamine, and is thus destructive to cell walls of certain bacteria; present in tears and some other body fluids, in egg white, and in some plant tissues; used as an antiseptic to prevent caries and treat infant formulas.

lysozyme

(lī′sə-zīm′)
n.
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.

ly·so·zyme

(lī'sō-zīm)
An enzyme destructive to cell walls of certain bacteria; present in tears, egg white, and some plant tissues; used in the prevention of caries and in the treatment of infant formulas.
Synonym(s): muramidase.

lysozyme

An enzyme found in tears, milk and other body fluids and capable of destroying certain bacteria by breaking down their walls by the digestion of their peptidoglycans.

lysozyme

an enzyme that breaks down bacterial cell walls and provides protection against bacterial invasion in the skin, mucous membranes and many body fluids. It is found especially in tears, preventing infection in the eye.

lysozyme

An antibacterial enzyme present in the tears (as well as other tissues). In human tears, lysozyme makes up 21-25% of the total protein.

ly·so·zyme

(lī'sō-zīm) [MIM*153450]
An enzyme destructive to cell walls of certain bacteria; present in tears, egg white, and some plant tissues; used in caries to prevent.
Synonym(s): muramidase.
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