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protamine

 [pro´tah-min]
any of a class of simple proteins, soluble in water, not coagulated by heat, and precipitated from aqueous solution by addition of alcohol. Protamines neutralize heparin, and protamine sulfate is used as an antidote in heparin overdosage, administered intravenously.

pro·ta·mine

(prō'tă-mēn, -min),
Any of a class of proteins, highly basic because rich in l-arginine and simpler in constitution than the albumins and globulins, etc., found in fish spermatozoa in combination with nucleic acid; the protamines have a histonelike function and are present in mammalian sperm; neutralizes anticoagulant action of heparin; used in the preparation of several long-acting insulin preparations.

protamine

(prō′tə-mēn′, -mĭn) also

protamin

(-mĭn)
n.
Any of a group of arginine-rich proteins that bind to and package DNA in the sperm nucleus. Protamines are used in long-acting formulations of insulin and to neutralize the anticoagulant effects of heparin.

pro·ta·mine

(prō'tă-mēn)
Any of a class of proteins found in fish sperms in combination with nucleic acid; neutralizes anticoagulant action of heparin.