zein

noun
ze·​in | \ ˈzē-ən How to pronounce zein (audio) \

Definition of zein

: a protein from corn that lacks lysine and tryptophan and is used especially in making textile fibers, plastics, printing inks, coatings, and adhesives and sizes

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Photo: zein al rifai/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images An Assad regime offensive on Idlib would position Russia and Turkey on opposite ends of the conflict, with Russian air power poised to target areas containing Turkish troops. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Turkey Tries to Forestall Syrian Offensive," 14 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of zein

1820, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zein

New Latin Zea, genus of grasses including corn, from Greek zeai, plural, wheat; akin to Sanskrit yava barley

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zein

noun
ze·​in | \ ˈzē-ən How to pronounce zein (audio) \

Medical Definition of zein

: a protein from Indian corn that lacks lysine and tryptophan

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