One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bluish-black compound derived from haemoglobin by removal of the protein part and oxidation of the iron atom.
- ‘She received infusions of glucose and hematin, which gave her symptomatic relief.’
- ‘Our current impression is that haematin does curtail the clinical attack, and we frequently employ it.’
- ‘These tests detect haematin from partially digested blood in the stool.’
- ‘The antimalarial drug chloroquine practically prevents formation of this hematin under the conditions used.’
- ‘However, the hematin and albumin, each in solid form, can also be brought together and, if necessary, mixed.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek haima, haimat- ‘blood’ + -in.
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