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lecithin Syllabification: lec·i·thin
Pronunciation: /ˈlesəTHən/

Definition of lecithin in English:


A substance widely distributed in animal tissues, egg yolk, and some higher plants, consisting of phospholipids linked to choline.
Example sentences
  • The line of lecithin offered is suitable for both food and cosmetic purposes.
  • Since lecithin acts as an emulsifier, it will make whatever you mix it with smoother and creamier.
  • Soy and egg are common allergens, so for some people dietary supplements containing lecithin may not be safe.


Mid 19th century: from Greek lekithos 'egg yolk' + -in1.

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