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Syllabification: cat·e·chin
Pronunciation: /ˈkadəˌ(t)SHən

Definition of catechin in English:


A crystalline compound that is the major constituent of catechu.
Example sentences
  • Apples are rich in plant compounds called flavonoids including catechin and quercetin.
  • One could conclude that foods rich in longer-chain catechin oligomers are most likely to provide bioavailable catechin.
  • Other nutrients important for gum health include vitamin A, zinc, vitamin E, selenium, and flavonoids such as quercetin, catechin, anthocyanidins and proanthocyanidins.


mid 19th century: from catechu + -in1.

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