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[lahy-suh-zahym] /ˈlaɪ səˌzaɪm/

noun, Biochemistry.
an that is destructive of bacteria and functions as an antiseptic, found in tears, leukocytes, mucus, egg albumin, and certain plants.
an enzyme occurring in tears, certain body tissues, and egg white: destroys bacteria by hydrolysing polysaccharides in their cell walls

1922, from lyso- + suffix from enzyme.

lysozyme ly·so·zyme (lī’sə-zīm’)
An enzyme occurring naturally in egg white, human tears, saliva, and other body fluids, capable of destroying the cell walls of certain bacteria and thereby acting as a mild antiseptic. Also called muramidase.


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