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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A transparent gelatinous acid, C17H24O16, insoluble in water, formed by the hydrolysis of certain esters of pectin.

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  • n. an acidic derivative of a carbohydrate; the active constituent of pectin
  • n. a helical polymer of αD-galacturonic acid

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a complex acid that occurs in ripe fruit and some vegetables

Etymologies

French pectique, related to pectin, from Greek pēktikos, coagulating, from pēktos, coagulated; see pectin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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