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albumen

[al-byoo-muh n] /ælˈbyu mən/
noun
1.
the white of an egg.
2.
Botany. the nutritive matter around the embryo in a seed.
3.
Biochemistry, albumin.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Late Latin, equivalent to alb(us) white, with stem in -ū- + -men noun suffix
Can be confused
albumen, albumin.
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  • The shell performs no office in clearing except for the albumen which clings to it.
British Dictionary definitions for albumen

albumen

/ˈælbjʊmɪn; -mɛn/
noun
1.
the white of an egg; the nutritive and protective gelatinous substance, mostly an albumin, that surrounds the yolk
2.
a rare name for endosperm
3.
a variant spelling of albumin
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: white of an egg, from albus white

albumin

/ˈælbjʊmɪn/
noun
1.
any of a group of simple water-soluble proteins that are coagulated by heat and are found in blood plasma, egg white, etc
Word Origin
C19: from albumen + -in
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Word Origin and History for albumen
n.

1590s, "white of an egg," from Latin albumen "white of an egg," literally "whiteness," from albus "white" (see alb). The organic substance (which exists nearly pure in egg whites) so called from 1800, also known as albumin (1869, from French albumine).

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albumen in Medicine

albumen al·bu·men (āl-byōō'mən)
n.

  1. The white of an egg, which consists mainly of albumin dissolved in water.

  2. Albumin.

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albumen in Science
albumen
  (āl-by'mən)   
The white of the egg of certain animals, especially birds and reptiles, consisting mostly of the protein albumin. The albumen supplies water to the growing embryo and also cushions it. Albumen is used commercially in making wine, vinegars, lithographs, dyes, and pharmaceuticals.
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