Definition of


  1. (noun, substance) any of various water-soluble colloidal carbohydrates that occur in ripe fruit and vegetables; used in making fruit jellies and jams

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Alternate forms of Pectin

Derivations: pectic

Hypernyms: cellulose

Origin of the word Pectin

  1. 1838, from Fr. pectine, coined by Fr. chemist Henri Braconnot (1781-1855) from acide pectique "pectic acid," a constituent of fruit jellies, from Gk. pektikos "curdling, congealing," from pektos "curdled, congealed," from pegnynai "to make stiff or solid," from PIE base *pag-/*pak- "to join together" (see pact). more

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