aequorin

aequorin
\\ēˈkwȯrə̇n, -ōr-\ noun (-s)
Etymology: New Latin Aequorea + English -in
: a bioluminescent protein of jellyfish (genus Aequorea) that emits light in response to the addition of calcium or strontium and is used to demonstrate the presence and distribution of calcium in cells

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/ee kwawr"in, ee kwor"-/, n. Biochem., Histol.
a protein, secreted by certain jellyfish, that produces a blue light upon binding with calcium.
[1965-70; < NL Aequor(ea) a genus of jellyfish that produces such a protein (L: fem. of aequoreus of the sea, equiv. to aequor level surface, the sea + -eus -EOUS) + -IN2]

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