albumen

[ al-byoo-muh n ]
/ ælˈbyu mən /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. albronze,
  2. albuginea,
  3. album,
  4. album-oriented,
  5. albumblatt,
  6. albumen paper,
  7. albumen plate,
  8. albumenize,
  9. albumin,
  10. albumin color

Origin of albumen

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

Can be confusedalbumen albumin

albumin

or al·bu·men

[ al-byoo-muh n ]
/ ælˈbyu mən /

noun Biochemistry.

any of a class of simple, sulfur-containing, water-soluble proteins that coagulate when heated, occurring in egg white, milk, blood, and other animal and vegetable tissues and secretions.

Origin of albumin


Can be confusedalbumen 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

albumin

albumen

/ (ˈælbjʊmɪn) /

noun

any of a group of simple water-soluble proteins that are coagulated by heat and are found in blood plasma, egg white, etc

Word Origin for albumin

C19: from albumen + -in

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Word Origin and History for albumen
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Medicine definitions for albumen

albumen

[ ăl-byōōmən ]

n.

The white of an egg, which consists mainly of albumin dissolved in water.
Albumin.

albumin

[ ăl-byōōmĭn ]

n.

A class of simple, water-soluble proteins that can be coagulated by heat and precipitated by strong acids and are found in egg white, blood serum, milk, and many other animal and plant juices and tissues.

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Science 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.

albumin

[ ăl-byōōmĭn ]

A class of proteins found in egg white, milk, blood, and various other plant and animal tissues. Albumins dissolve in water and form solid or semisolid masses when heated, such as cooked egg white.
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