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retinal

Pronunciation: ret'i-nal

Definition:

  1. Relating to the retina.
  2. Retinaldehyde, most commonly referring to the all-trans form; participates in the visual process; 11-cis-retinal binds with an opsin to form iodopsin or rhodopsin; light causes the formation of all-trans-retinal, which dissociates from the protein.

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