[ zee-in ]
/ ˈzi ɪn /


Biochemistry. a soft, yellow powder of simple proteins obtained from corn, used chiefly in the manufacture of textile fibers, plastics, and paper coatings.
a synthetic fiber produced from this protein.

Origin of zein

1815–25; <New Latin Ze(a) the maize genus (Latin: emmer <Greek zeiá barley, wheat; cognate with Sanskrit yáva grain) + -in2
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British Dictionary definitions for zein

/ (ˈziːɪn) /


a protein of the prolamine group occurring in maize and used in the manufacture of plastics, paper coatings, adhesives, etc

Word Origin for zein

C19: from New Latin zēa maize, from Latin: a kind of grain, from Greek zeia barley
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