lectin

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From Latin lectus +‎ -in.

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lectin (plural lectins)

  1. (biochemistry) Any of a class of plant proteins that bind specific carbohydrates.
    • 1999, Matt Ridley, Genome, Harper Perennial 2004, p. 252:
      The result proved less about the safety of genetic engineering than it did about the safety of lectins – known animal poisons.

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