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Any of a group of pigments, especially one having the formula C55H74MgN4O6, that absorb light energy used in photosynthesis and that are found in photosynthetic bacteria that do not produce oxygen as a byproduct of photosynthesis.
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Noun1.bacteriochlorophyll - a substance in photosensitive bacteria that is related to but different from chlorophyll of higher plants
pigment - dry coloring material (especially a powder to be mixed with a liquid to produce paint, etc.)
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The most characteristic molecules of the photosynthetic energy conversion are the chlorin type compounds, the chlorophylls (in plants, algae, and cyanobacteria), and bacteriochlorophylls (in photosynthetic bacteria).
(55,56) These compounds are diagenetic derivatives of photosynthetic pigments, isorenieratene and bacteriochlorophylls e, respectively, from obligately anaerobic green sulfur bacteria.