lecithin

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From French lécithine, coined in 1847 by Theodore Gobley, from Ancient Greek λέκιθος (lékithos, egg yolk)

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lecithin (plural lecithins)

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  1. (organic chemistry) the principal phospholipid in animals; it is particularly abundant in egg yolks, and is extracted commercially from soy. It is a major constituent of cell membranes, and is commonly used as a food additive (as an emulsifier).

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