Adjective "lectin" definition and examples

(Lectin may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Any of a class of proteins, chiefly of plant origin, which bind specifically to certain sugars and so cause agglutination of particular cell types.
  1. 'The second, and major part, is a quick reference alphabetical directory listing around 170 lectins.'
  2. 'One of the most fascinating aspects of this topic is the interrelationship between lectins and viruses.'

More definitions

1. any of a group of proteins that bind to particular carbohydrates in the manner of an antibody and are commonly extracted from plants for use as an agglutinin, as in clumping red blood cells for blood typing.

More examples(as adjective)

"proteins can be lectin."


1950s: from Latin lect- ‘chosen’ (from the verb legere) + -in.