a blood protein that binds with free hemoglobin in the bloodstream or at a wound when red blood cells decompose or are destroyed abnormally in the circulation
Origin of haptoglobin; from Classical Greek haptein. to fasten + hemoglobin
A plasma protein that is a normal constituent of blood serum and functions in the binding of free hemoglobin in the bloodstream.
Origin of haptoglobinGreek haptein, to bind, fasten + (hemo)globin.