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

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Lemon juice accentuates plums’ tart side and adds natural pectin, which helps the jam set. Los Angeles Times, "The best plum jam recipe is also the easiest to make," 7 Sep. 2019 Combine 5 cups of the grape juice, the lemon juice and pectin in a large pot and bring that to a boil. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Mustang Grape Jelly," 26 June 2019 Some people add pectin into their jam to make a jelled consistency. Kirsten Dixon, Anchorage Daily News, "Kirsten Dixon: Wild Alaska blueberry and raspberry bars," 6 Dec. 2011 Eight that made the cut: beta-glucan soluble fiber, psyllium husk (the stuff found in Metamucil), cellulose, guar gum, pectin, locust bean gum, hydroxypropylmethylcellulose, and cross linked phosphorylated RS4. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Why Is Added Fiber in Literally Everything?," 12 July 2019 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, BostonGlobe.com, "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

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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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pectin

noun

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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