One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An enzyme which catalyses the destruction of the cell walls of certain bacteria, and occurs notably in tears and egg white.
- ‘Several detailed studies were carried out with the proteins lysozyme and ferritin.’
- ‘The enzyme, hen egg lysozyme, has not been shown to form fibrils in vivo, and only mutants have been associated with amyloid-related diseases.’
- ‘He succeeded in purifying lysozyme, a bacteria-destroying enzyme found in tears and saliva, and characterized the substances acted upon by the enzyme.’
- ‘Intriguingly, enzymes such as lipase, lysozyme, and subtilisin retained their activities in organic solvents.’
- ‘The results were also verified by examining the spectra of two purified proteins, albumin and lysozyme.’
Early 20th century: from lysis + a shortened form of enzyme.
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