Lectin meaning

lĕktĭn
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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.
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Any of several proteins, found in plants and animals, that bind to specific sugar molecules, as on cancer or red blood cells.
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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.
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(biochemistry) Any of a class of plant proteins that bind specific carbohydrates.
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Origin of lectin

  • Latin lēctus past participle of legere to select select –in

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin lectus +"Ž -in.

    From Wiktionary