Definition of catechin in English:


Line breaks: cat|echin
Pronunciation: /ˈkatɪtʃɪn


[mass noun] Chemistry
  • A crystalline compound which is the major constituent of catechu.
    • A phenol; chemical formula: C15H14O6; several isomers
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    • Apples are rich in plant compounds called flavonoids including catechin and quercetin.
    • One could conclude that foods rich in longer-chain catechin oligomers are most likely to provide bioavailable catechin.
    • Other nutrients important for gum health include vitamin A, zinc, vitamin E, selenium, and flavonoids such as quercetin, catechin, anthocyanidins and proanthocyanidins.


mid 19th century: from catechu + -in1.

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