zein

noun
ze·in | \ˈzē-ən \

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

1822, 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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about zein

Dictionary Entries near zein

Zeeman effect

Zeidae

zeiform

zein

zeitgeber

zeitgeist

Zelkoua

Statistics for zein

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for zein

The first known use of zein was in 1822

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for zein

zein

noun
ze·in | \ˈzē-ən \

Medical Definition of zein 

: a protein from Indian corn that lacks lysine and tryptophan

More from Merriam-Webster on zein

See words that rhyme with zein

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about zein

Comments on zein

What made you want to look up zein? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

lying above or upon

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!