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
Recent Examples of pectin from the Web
Measure out 1-1/2 cups of the puree and transfer to a medium saucepan along with sugar and pectin.
Seal and shake vigorously for 1 minute to break up the pectin and other solids in the preserves.
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Origin and Etymology of pectin
French pectine, from pectique
First Known Use: 1838See Words from the same year
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Definition of pectin for English Language Learners
: a substance in some fruits that makes fruit jellies thick when the fruit is cooked
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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