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lectin

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noun lec·tin \ˈlek-tən\

Definition of lectin

  1. :  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


Medical Dictionary

lectin

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noun lec·tin \ˈlek-tən\

Medical Definition of lectin

  1. :  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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  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "lectin" Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "lectin"


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