Lysozyme

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lysozyme A bacteriolytic enzyme that is found in a number of biological fluids, including tears, saliva, and egg white. It facilitates the hydrolysis of structural polysaccharides in the cell walls of bacteria.

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lysozyme An antibacterial enzyme widely distributed in body fluids and secretions, including tears and saliva. It disrupts the polysaccharide components of bacterial cell walls, leaving them susceptible to destruction.

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lysozyme (ly-sŏ-zym) n. an enzyme found in tears and egg white. It catalyses the destruction of the cell walls of certain bacteria.

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lysozyme: see immunity.

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