Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A white, tasteless, odorless protein precipitated from milk by rennin. It is the basis of cheese and is used to make plastics, adhesives, paints, and foods.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The chief nitrogenous ingredient of milk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Physiol. Chem.) A proteid substance present in both the animal and the vegetable kingdom. In the animal kingdom it is chiefly found in milk, and constitutes the main part of the curd separated by rennet; in the vegetable kingdom it is found more or less abundantly in the seeds of leguminous plants. Its reactions resemble those of alkali albumin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun biochemistry A proteid substance present in both the animal and the vegetable kingdom found in milk or in the seeds of leguminous plants.

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

  • noun a milk protein used in making e.g. plastics and adhesives
  • noun a water-base paint made with a protein precipitated from milk

Etymologies

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

[Ultimately from Latin cāseus, cheese.]

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