See also: häm, Häm, haem-, and hæm-



  • (UK) IPA(key): /hiːm/
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  • Rhymes: -iːm


haem (countable and uncountable, plural haems)

  1. Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, and UK standard spelling of heme.
    • 2010, Pierre Cornelis and Simon Andrews (editors), Iron Uptake and Homeostasis in Microorganisms, page 17:
      Haem is ubiquitous, abundant and necessary for energy metabolism. Most bacteria have a haem biosynthesis pathway, but nevertheless, since haem is a major source of iron (an essential metal), microbes take up exogenous haem to retrieve iron.