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[vi-tel-in, vahy-]
noun Biochemistry.
  1. a phosphoprotein in the yolk of eggs.
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Origin of vitellin

First recorded in 1855–60; vitell(us) + -in2
Also called ovovitellin.
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Historical Examples

  • Into this special class fall myosin (of the muscles), fibrinogen (of the blood) and vitellin (of egg yolk).

    Animal Proteins

    Hugh Garner Bennett

British Dictionary definitions for vitellin


  1. biochem a phosphoprotein that is the major protein in egg yolk
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Word Origin

C19: from vitellus + -in
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