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Back-formation from hemoglobin.

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heme (countable and uncountable, plural hemes)

  1. The component of hemoglobin (and other hemoproteins) responsible for binding oxygen. It consists of an iron ion that binds oxygen and a porphyrin ring that binds the globin molecules; one molecule binds one molecule of oxygen.
    • 2008, John Greer, John Foerster, George Rodgers, Fixos Paraskevas, Bertil Glader, Daniel Arber, Robert Means Jr, Wintrobe's Clinical Hematology: Volume One: Twelfth Edition, page 141:
      The binding of oxygen to the iron molecule causes the hemoglobin molecule to undergo conformational changes that affect the binding of oxygen to other heme sites.

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AdverbEdit

heme

  1. at home

Middle EnglishEdit

PronounEdit

heme

  1. Alternative form of hem

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SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

  • adverb he + pronoun me

PhraseEdit

heme

  1. here I am