pectin

noun
pec·​tin | \ ˈpek-tən How to pronounce pectin (audio) \

Definition of pectin

: any of various water-soluble substances that bind adjacent cell walls in plant tissues and yield a gel which is the basis of fruit jellies also : a commercial product rich in pectins

Examples of pectin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Interestingly, that same LDL cholesterol-lowering pectin helps bacteria naturally found in the gut produce compounds that protect colon cells from cancer. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "This easy apple crisp cake recipe uses shortcut ingredient: Boxed cake mix," 11 Sep. 2020 Blueberries contain pectin that turns jammy as the berries burst open. Beth Dooley Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "The blueberries are ready across the border," 26 Aug. 2020 Pectin thickens jams and preserves, but Simley prefers the natural pectin in fruit skin (unripe fruit has more). Leena Trivedi-grenier, SFChronicle.com, "Capture the best of California's peaches in preserves, with a dose of revolution," 19 Aug. 2020 With a high pectin content, the berries are excellent for making jams and condiments. George Stone, National Geographic, "The secret to foraging in your backyard," 26 May 2020 Known for her avant-garde approach to materials, Oxman has filled her show with artifacts from her career, such as fabrics made from cellulose, chitosan, and pectin, plusand a silkworm silk tent. Clay Chandler, Fortune, "Only a third of CEOs can explain what their company’s lead designers actually do," 25 Feb. 2020 Interestingly, that same LDL cholesterol-lowering pectin helps bacteria naturally found in the gut produce compounds that protect colon cells from cancer. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Cinnamon Sugar Apple Chips: Easy, quick recipe only has 2 ingredients," 27 Nov. 2019 Pepper Relish Makes 1 cup 1 tablespoon finely chopped other chiles 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger 1/3 cup Japanese seasoned rice vinegar ½ teaspoon pectin powder Slice the Beaver Dam pepper to remove the seeds and membrane. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A little-known heirloom pepper has its own festival in Beaver Dam, where it arrived in America long ago," 3 Sep. 2019 My parents made theirs with apples from a local orchard using the recipe and instructions on the back of a package of pectin. NBC News, "Getting or giving homemade food gifts this holiday? Read this first," 7 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of pectin

1838, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pectin

French pectine, from pectique

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21 Sep 2020

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“Pectin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pectin. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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pectin

noun
How to pronounce pectin (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pectin

: a substance in some fruits that makes fruit jellies thick when the fruit is cooked

pectin

noun
pec·​tin | \ ˈpek-tən How to pronounce pectin (audio) \

Medical Definition of pectin

1 : any of various water-soluble substances that bind adjacent cell walls in plant tissues and yield a gel which is the basis of fruit jellies
2 : a commercial product rich in pectins and used chiefly in making jelly and other foods, in pharmaceutical products especially for the control of diarrhea, and in cosmetics

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