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a blue copper-containing respiratory pigment in crustaceans and molluscs that functions as haemoglobin


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    /ˌhiːməʊˈɡləʊbɪn; ˌhɛm-/ noun 1. a conjugated protein, consisting of haem and the protein globin, that gives red blood cells their characteristic colour. It combines reversibly with oxygen and is thus very important in the transportation of oxygen to tissues See also oxyhaemoglobin n. see hemoglobin; also see æ.

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