Ricin meaning

rīsĭn, rĭsĭn
A poisonous protein extracted from the castor bean and used as a biochemical reagent.
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An extremely toxic protein found in the castor bean and isolated as a white powder: it agglutinates red blood corpuscles.
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An extremely poisonous protein extracted from the castor bean. Ricin inhibits protein synthesis in cells, and is used as a biochemical reagent and in cancer research.
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(biochemistry, toxicology) A toxic protein extracted from the castor bean.
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Origin of ricin

  • From Latin ricinus castor-oil plant

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

  • From Wiktionary