actinidin

noun ac·ti·nid·in \ ak-tə-ˈnī-dᵊn \

Definition of actinidin

plural actinidins
: 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


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