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- n. Alternative spelling of hemocyanin.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as hæmacyanin.
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The same compound occurs in all true vertebrata, and in the blood-fluid of the worm; in the crayfish a similar substance, haemocyanin, which when oxygenated is blue, and when deoxydized colourless, discharges the same function.
This is because squid blood contains a copper-containing compound called haemocyanin.
All crustaceans have an open circulatory system and employ either haemoglobin or haemocyanin as a respiratory pigment.