ov·​al·​bu·​min ˌä-val-ˈbyü-mən How to pronounce ovalbumin (audio) ˌō- How to pronounce ovalbumin (audio)
: the principal albumin of white of egg
especially : the crystalline part of egg albumins
: dried whites of eggs

Examples of ovalbumin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most flu vaccines contain a small amount of egg proteins, such as ovalbumin. Rong-Gong Lin Ii, Los Angeles Times, 27 Oct. 2023 Structure and properties of ovalbumin. Anthony Martin, Discover Magazine, 7 Oct. 2014 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ovalbumin was circa 1836

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Cite this Entry

“Ovalbumin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ovalbumin. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


ov·​al·​bu·​min ˌäv-al-ˈbyü-mən How to pronounce ovalbumin (audio) ˌōv- How to pronounce ovalbumin (audio)
: the principal albumin of white of egg

called also egg albumin

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