Definition of albumen in English:

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Pronunciation: /alˈbyo͞omən/


Egg white, or the protein contained in it.
Example sentences
  • The suite of maternal proteins in the crude albumen creates complex banding patterns, with high probability of differences between females.
  • The negative charge repels plasma proteins, including albumen, so they are not filtered but remain in the blood.
  • Protein was determined by the method of Bradford using bovine serum albumen as the standard protein.


The words albumen and albumin have the same origin but are not identical in meaning. Albumen refers specifically to egg white or the protein found in egg white. Albumin, on the other hand, refers to the more general category of protein that is soluble in water and that is coagulated on heating, of which albumen is just one type.


Late 16th century: from Latin, 'egg white', from albus 'white'.

  • album from early 17th century:

    The Latin word albus ‘white’ was originally used as a noun meaning ‘a white (or rather blank) marble tablet’ on which public notices were written. Brought into English as album, the word has subsequently been used to describe various blank books used for compiling a collection of items, such as stamps or photographs, and in the 1950s became applied to a collection of recorded pieces of music. Other alb- words with an element of whiteness in their meaning include albino (late 18th century), albumen (late 16th century), the white of the egg, and Albion. See also auburn, candid

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Syllabification: al·bu·men

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