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

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zein. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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