phytohemagglutinin

noun

phy·​to·​he·​mag·​glu·​ti·​nin ˌfī-tō-ˌhē-mə-ˈglü-tə-nən How to pronounce phytohemagglutinin (audio)
: a proteinaceous hemagglutinin of plant origin used especially to induce mitosis (as in lymphocytes)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Symptoms of phytohemagglutinin poisoning are nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, from mild to intense. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, 9 June 2017 Some or most beans contain a toxin called a lectin or phytohemagglutinin (PHA); its highest concentration is in red kidney beans. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, 9 June 2017

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Word History

Etymology

phyto- + hemagglutinin

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of phytohemagglutinin was in 1949

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Cite this Entry

“Phytohemagglutinin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phytohemagglutinin. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

phytohemagglutinin

noun
phy·​to·​hem·​ag·​glu·​ti·​nin
variants or chiefly British phytohaemagglutinin
: a proteinaceous hemagglutinin of plant origin used especially to induce mitosis (as in lymphocytes)
abbreviation PHA

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