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 and Etymology of lectin

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


First Known Use: 1954


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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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