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lectin

Line breaks: lec¦tin
Pronunciation: /ˈlɛktɪn
 
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Definition of lectin in English:

noun

Biochemistry
Any of a class of proteins, chiefly of plant origin, which bind specifically to certain sugars and so cause agglutination of particular cell types.
Example sentences
  • Pokeweed mitogen is one of the few lectins that stimulates B lymphocytes as well as T lymphocytes.
  • As I understand there is an argument about the possible role of lectins in the diet on metabolism, etc.
  • One of the most fascinating aspects of this topic is the interrelationship between lectins and viruses.

Origin

1950s: from Latin lect- 'chosen' (from the verb legere) + -in1.

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