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albumen

[ al-byoo-muhn ]
/ ælˈbyu mən /
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noun

the white of an egg.
Botany. the nutritive matter around the embryo in a seed.
Biochemistry. albumin.

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Origin of albumen

1590–1600; <Late Latin, equivalent to alb(us) white, with stem in -ū- + -men noun suffix

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH albumen

albumen , albumin
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British Dictionary definitions for albumen

albumen
/ (ˈælbjʊmɪn, -mɛn) /

noun

the white of an egg; the nutritive and protective gelatinous substance, mostly an albumin, that surrounds the yolk
a rare name for endosperm
a variant spelling of albumin

Word Origin for albumen

C16: from Latin: white of an egg, from albus white
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Medical definitions for albumen

albumen
[ ăl-byōōmən ]

n.

The white of an egg, which consists mainly of albumin dissolved in water.
Albumin.
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Scientific definitions for albumen

albumen
[ ăl-byōōmən ]

The white of the egg of certain animals, especially birds and reptiles, consisting mostly of the protein albumin. The albumen supplies water to the growing embryo and also cushions it. Albumen is used commercially in making wine, vinegars, lithographs, dyes, and pharmaceuticals.
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