any of several proteins, found in plants and animals, that bind to specific sugar molecules, as on cancer or red blood cells
Origin of lectincoined (1954) from Classical Latin lectus, past participle of legere, to select + -in
Any of various proteins or glycoproteins that bind to the sugar molecules of glycoproteins and glucolipids on the surfaces of cells and are found in most organisms, especially plants. They are used to stimulate lymphocyte proliferation and to agglutinate red blood cells.
Origin of lectinLatin lēctus past participle of legere to select ; see select . -in
From Latin lectus +"Ž -in.