pec·tin | \ˈpek-tən \

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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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 Apples contain a fiber known as pectin, which supports healthy digestion. Time, "Weekend Recipe: Wholesome Carrot, Apple and Oatmeal Muffins," 22 Mar. 2018 Mix the remaining ¼ cup sugar and pectin in a bowl. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Rose Petal Preserves," 14 Mar. 2018 Others use additives like pectin or even flour, igniting debate in the most fervent corners of the craft-beer world. Orr Shtuhl, New York Times, "Two Big Brewers Try to Cash In on an I.P.A. Craze," 18 Jan. 2018 Some experts recommend adding vinegar to the oil to slow the breakdown of pectin (the polysaccharide that helps a potato keep its structure intact). Tarah Knaresboro, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make French Fries Perfectly," 2 Feb. 2015 Some of that fiber is called pectin, a heart-healthy soluble fiber that can help lower levels of LDL or bad cholesterol in the blood. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Healthy Table: Apple Walnut Bread is quick and easy for the holidays and good for you too," 17 Dec. 2017 Combine all the ingredients, except for the pectin, in a stainless steel pot. Bridgette A. Lacy, charlotteobserver, "When the holidays arrive, so will his prize-winning preserves | Charlotte Observer," 12 Dec. 2017

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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 \

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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