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Pronunciation: klor'o-fil

Definition: The magnesium complex of the phorbin derivative found in photosynthetic organisms; light-absorbing green plant pigments that, in living plants, convert light energy into oxidizing and reducing power, thus fixing CO2 and evolving O2; the naturally occurring forms are chlorophyll a, b, c, and d.

See Also: phorbin

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