lectin


lec·tin

noun \ˈlek-tən\

Definition of LECTIN

:  any of a group of proteins especially of plants that are not antibodies and do not originate in an immune system but bind specifically to carbohydrate-containing receptors on cell surfaces (as of red blood cells)

Origin of LECTIN

Latin lectus (past participle of legere to pick, select) + 1-in — more at legend
First Known Use: 1954

Rhymes with LECTIN

lec·tin

noun \ˈlek-tən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of LECTIN

: any of a group of proteins especially of plants that are not antibodies and do not originate in an immune system but bind specifically to carbohydrate-containing receptors on cell surfaces (as of red blood cells)

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