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avidin

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Pronunciation: /ˈavɪdɪn
 
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Definition of avidin in English:

noun

[mass noun] Biochemistry
A protein found in raw egg white, which combines with biotin and hinders its absorption.
Example sentences
  • The latter is due to the affinity of the egg white protein, avidin, for biotin preventing intestinal absorption of the biotin.
  • By cooking eggs, for example, you detoxify avidin, an egg-white protein that destroys biotin.
  • Groundwater, too, is protected from contamination because avidin is a biodegradable protein.

Origin

1940s: from avid + -in1.

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