Definition of nisin in English:


Syllabification: ni·sin
Pronunciation: /ˈnīsin


  • An antibiotic substance that is a mixture of related polypeptides and is used in some countries as a food preservative.
    • This substance is produced by the bacterium Streptococcus lactis
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    • Thus the intensity of fluorescence is directly proportional to the amount of nisin in the environment.
    • The authors reported that nisin can be sensitizing via i.p. injection but not by oral treatment.
    • My results suggest that the inactivation of nisin by the producer organism may not be entirely enzymatic.


1940s: from (Group) N i(nhibitory) s(ubstance) + -in1.

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