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heme

 (hēm)
n.
A deep red, iron-containing compound, C34H32FeN4O4, that constitutes the nonprotein component of hemoglobin and certain other proteins.

[Short for hematin.]

heme

(him)

n.
an unstable, deep red, iron-containing blood pigment, C34H32N4O4Fe, obtained from hemoglobin.
[1920–25; shortening of hemoglobin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.heme - a complex red organic pigment containing iron and other atoms to which oxygen binds
pigment - dry coloring material (especially a powder to be mixed with a liquid to produce paint, etc.)
haemoglobin, Hb, hemoglobin - a hemoprotein composed of globin and heme that gives red blood cells their characteristic color; function primarily to transport oxygen from the lungs to the body tissues; "fish have simpler hemoglobin than mammals"
myoglobin - a hemoprotein that receives oxygen from hemoglobin and stores it in the tissues until needed
cytochrome - (biochemistry) a class of hemoprotein whose principal biological function is electron transfer (especially in cellular respiration)
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These compounds add nitrogen molecules to haeme (the iron-containing molecule in muscle that stores oxygen) in meat, to maintain colour and flavour.
These changes are reflected in the synthesis of haeme and life expectancy of RBC.
Meat is particularly susceptible to heating because of the presence of unsaturated lipids which are rapidly oxidised because of the catalysis by haeme and non-haeme iron [7].