Definition of porphyrine in English:

porphyrine

Pronunciation /ˈpɔːf(ɪ)riːn/

noun

rare Chemistry
  • An amorphous alkaloid, C₂₁ H₂₅ N₃ O₂, obtained from the bark of the Australian tree Alstonia constricta (family Apocynaceae), which produces a red colour on reaction with nitric acid.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Henry Watts (1815–1884), chemist. From ancient Greek πορϕύρα purple + -ine, after German Porphyrin.