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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.


(Biochemistry) an enzyme occurring in tears, certain body tissues, and egg white: destroys bacteria by hydrolysing polysaccharides in their cell walls
[C20: from lyso- + (en)zyme]


(ˈlaɪ səˌzaɪm)

an enzyme that is destructive of bacteria and functions as an antiseptic, found in tears, leukocytes, mucus, egg albumin, and certain plants.
[1920–25; lyso- + (en) zyme]
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Noun1.lysozyme - an enzyme found in saliva and sweat and tears that destroys the cell walls of certain bacteria
enzyme - any of several complex proteins that are produced by cells and act as catalysts in specific biochemical reactions
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shows the complete degradation 3% chitosan scaffold after 7 days of incubation in the degradation solution containing lysosyme.
In a research using food complement including vitamin A, by Thompson et al [26] was shown that increased level of vitamin Ain Atlantic salmon (Salmosalar) diet, resulted in increasing effects of complements and lysosyme.
In addition to the LP-system, other non-specific factors like lactoferrin and lysosyme also exist in milk.