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

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Combining only beer, cane sugar, citrus, plus pectin, the result was surprisingly a jelly with appealing fruity notes of the hops and full flavors of the beer. Ann Trieger Kurland,, "Beer jellies sweeter are than you think — and more popular," 24 June 2019 Nirghin learned that orange peels had high levels of pectin, which is super absorbent. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Meet Glamour's 2019 College Women of the Year," 11 June 2019 The full list of ingredients for the hair vitamins include: glucose syrup, sugar, water, pectin, citric acid, sodium citrate, natural flavors, titanium dioxide, Blue 1, coconut oil, and carnauba wax. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Do SugarBearHair Vitamins Really Work? Here's What Our Nutritionist Says," 22 May 2019 The Seville’s high pectin content gives body to a classic marmalade, which uses every part of the fruit, juice, peel, seeds and all. Allegra Ben-amotz, WSJ, "This Ingredient Lights Up a Dish Like No Other," 18 Dec. 2018 Unpasteurized cider needs to be simmered—not boiled, or the pectins will start to set—for about 45 minutes prior to bottling. Casey Johnston, Ars Technica, "Store-bought is not enough: My first hard cider homebrew," 22 Nov. 2018 The team is also making batteries out of pectin, a plant compound used as a gelling agent in jams and jellies. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "You Can Swallow This Battery," 24 Aug. 2016 Strain syrup into a jar and refrigerate; skim off any pectin that rises to the surface. Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, "Distill their hearts: Why craft liquor and weddings are the hottest new pairing | The Kansas City Star," 22 May 2018 This will give you a liquid pectin that is the same concentration as Certo. Teresa Graedon, The Seattle Times, "Replace arthritis aid with a powder rather than liquid," 17 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of pectin

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


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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