actinidin

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noun ac·ti·nid·in \ak-tə-ˈnī-dən\

Definition of actinidin

plural

actinidins

  1. :  an enzyme found especially in the kiwifruit that breaks down protein by hydrolysis and is used chiefly as a tenderizer for meat When you're cooking with kiwi, remember they contain an enzyme called actinidin that prevents gelatin from setting up in the same way that the enzyme bromelain in pineapple does. — Barbara Durbin, The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), 21 Aug. 2001

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Origin and Etymology of actinidin

actinid(ia) + 1-in


First Known Use: 1980


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