Meaning of haematin in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhiːmətɪn/


(US hematin)
mass nounBiochemistry
  • A bluish-black compound derived from haemoglobin by removal of the protein part and oxidation of the iron atom.

    ‘She received infusions of glucose and hematin, which gave her symptomatic relief.’
    • ‘These tests detect haematin from partially digested blood in the stool.’
    • ‘Our current impression is that haematin does curtail the clinical attack, and we frequently employ it.’
    • ‘The antimalarial drug chloroquine practically prevents formation of this hematin under the conditions used.’
    • ‘However, the hematin and albumin, each in solid form, can also be brought together and, if necessary, mixed.’


Mid 19th century from Greek haima, haimat- ‘blood’ + -in.