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 several plant proteins or glycoproteins that bind to the sugar molecules of glycoproteins and glucolipids on the surfaces of cells, used to stimulate lymphocyte proliferation and agglutinate red blood cells.
Origin of lectinLatin l&emacron;ctus, past participle of legere, to select; see select + –in.
From Latin lectus +"Ž -in.