Haem`a*cy"a*nin (?), n. [Haema- + Gr. a dark blue substance.] Physiol. Chem.

A substance found in the blood of the octopus, which gives to it its blue color.

⇒ When deprived of oxygen it is colorless, but becomes quickly blue in contact with oxygen, and is then generally called oxyhaemacyanin. A similar blue coloring matter has been detected in small quantity in the blood of other animals and in the bile.


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