Definition: A pigmented compound of globin and iron porphyrin (with an open ring due to cleavage of the a-methene bridge by a-methyl oxygenase); the first intermediate in the degradation of hemoglobin, further degraded successively to verdohemochrome, biliverdin, and bilirubin.
Synonym(s): bile pigment hemoglobin, green hemoglobin, verdohemoglobin
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