Definition of crystallin in English:

crystallin

noun

Biochemistry
  • A protein of the globulin class present in the lens of the eye.

    • ‘We therefore present here a novel eye lens crystallin, crystallin, found in platypus.’
    • ‘Similarly, the enolase protein of the liver, in a different context, becomes a crystallin protein of the lens.’
    • ‘In particular, it has been shown in vitro that hypericin, the active ingredient of Hypericum, can bind to and, in the presence of light, cause the photopolymerization of [alpha] crystallin.’
    • ‘Irradiated and nonirradiated alpha - crystallin was subjected to trypsin digestion and peptide analysis by reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography and mass and sequence analysis.’
    • ‘The pigment disappears and the cells start to take on the structural characteristics of lens cells, and to produce the lens-specific protein crystallin.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Latin crystallum crystal + -in.

Pronunciation:

crystallin

/ˈkristələn/