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rennet

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noun ren·net \ˈre-nət\

Definition of rennet

  1. 1 a :  the contents of the stomach of an unweaned animal and especially a calf b :  the lining membrane of a stomach or one of its compartments (as the fourth of a ruminant) used for curdling milk; also :  a preparation of the stomach of animals used for this purpose

  2. 2 a :  rennin b :  a substitute for rennin



Origin and Etymology of rennet

Middle English, from Middle English *rennen to cause to coagulate, from Old English gerennan, from ge- together + *rennan to cause to run; akin to Old High German rennen to cause to run, Old English rinnan to run — more at co-, run


First Known Use: 15th century


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rennet

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noun ren·net \ˈren-ət\

Medical Definition of rennet

  1. 1a:  the contents of the stomach of an unweaned animal and especially a calfb:  the lining membrane of a stomach or one of its compartments (as the fourth of a ruminant) used for curdling milk; also :  a preparation of the stomach of animals used for this purpose

  2. 2a:  renninb:  a substitute for rennin




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