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<cell biology> A glycosidase enzyme that breaks the bond between N acetyl muramic acid and N acetyl glucosamine, via hydrolysis. This is important for removing a polymer from the cell wall of bacteria and therefore is an important antibacterial defence, particularly against gram-positive bacteria.

Lysozyme can be found in saliva, tears, and in phagocytic cells.

(11 Jan 2009)

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