One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A red protein containing haem, which carries and stores oxygen in muscle cells. It is structurally similar to a subunit of haemoglobin.
- ‘The key, she believes, may be the iron content of the blood and muscle proteins hemoglobin and myoglobin.’
- ‘The blood protein hemoglobin and its relative, myoglobin, carry and store life-giving oxygen in many animals.’
- ‘The heme of another protein, myoglobin, carries oxygen within muscle cells.’
- ‘Harbor seals have muscles rich in myoglobin, an oxygen carrying molecule.’
- ‘The tertiary structure of myoglobin is that of a typical water soluble globular protein.’
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