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Noun: haemoglobin  'hee-mu,glow-bin or ,hee-mu'glow-bin
Usage: Brit, Cdn (US: hemoglobin)
  1. A hemoprotein composed of globin and heme that gives red blood cells their characteristic colour; function primarily to transport oxygen from the lungs to the body tissues
    "fish have simpler haemoglobin than mammals";
    - hemoglobin [N. Amer], Hb

Derived forms: haemoglobins

Type of: haemoprotein [Brit, Cdn], hemoprotein [N. Amer]

Part of: erythrocyte, RBC, red blood cell

Encyclopedia: Haemoglobin