Haptoglobin meaning

hăptə-glōbĭn
A plasma protein that is a normal constituent of blood serum and functions in the binding of free hemoglobin in the bloodstream.
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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.
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A plasma protein that is a normal constituent of blood serum and functions in the binding of free hemoglobin in the bloodstream.
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(biochemistry) A protein in blood plasma that binds free hemoglobin released from erythrocytes and thereby inhibits its oxidative activity.
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Origin of haptoglobin

  • Greek haptein to bind, fasten (hemo)globin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition