ov·​al·​bu·​min | \ ˌä-val-ˈbyü-mən How to pronounce ovalbumin (audio) , ˌō- \

Definition of ovalbumin

1 : the principal albumin of white of egg especially : the crystalline part of egg albumins
2 : dried whites of eggs

Examples of ovalbumin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most flu vaccines administered today are manufactured using chicken eggs and contain trace amounts of a protein called ovalbumin. Ben Tinker, CNN, 19 Dec. 2017 Most flu vaccinations are made using chicken eggs and contain small amounts of the protein ovalbumin, which has been thought to be a no-go for egg allergy sufferers. Emily Price, Fortune, 19 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of ovalbumin

circa 1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ovalbumin

earlier ovalbumen (from ov- + albumen), later conformed to albumin

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“Ovalbumin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ovalbumin. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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ov·​al·​bu·​min | \ ˌäv-al-ˈbyü-mən How to pronounce ovalbumin (audio) , ˌōv- How to pronounce ovalbumin (audio) \

Medical Definition of ovalbumin

: the principal albumin of white of egg

called also egg albumin


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