Definition of pectin in English:

pectin

Line breaks: pec¦tin
Pronunciation: /ˈpɛktɪn
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • A soluble gelatinous polysaccharide which is present in ripe fruits and is used as a setting agent in jams and jellies: the very early stalks may not have quite enough natural pectin to set properly [count noun]: two common types of soluble fibre are pectins and gums
    More example sentences
    • In the ripening stage of strawberry fruit development the vascular tissue comprises long fibres composed of cellulose, protein, pectin, and lignin.
    • Apples are also rich in the soluble fibre pectin, which helps to lower blood cholesterol.
    • Proteins, pectins, polysaccharides and glycolipids, organized in a three-dimensional polygonal frame are part of the structural elements.

Derivatives

pectic

adjective
More example sentences
  • Plant cell walls are composed primarily of cellulose microfibrils, hemicelluloses, pectic polysaccharides, and small amounts of structural proteins.
  • Then add 1 teaspoonful each of pectic enzyme and yeast nutrient per 5 litres, plus some wine yeast.
  • It also contains carotene, ethereal oils, sugar, and pectic substances, which help prevent moisture loss.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Greek pektos 'congealed' (from pēgnuein 'make solid') + -in1.

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