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pectin Syllabification: pec·tin
Pronunciation: /ˈpektən/

Definition of pectin in English:


A soluble gelatinous polysaccharide that is present in ripe fruits and is extracted for use as a setting agent in jams and jellies.
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.


Pronunciation: /ˈpektik/
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.


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

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