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[al-byoo-muh n] /ælˈbyu mən/
noun, Biochemistry
any of a class of simple, sulfur-containing, water-soluble proteins that coagulate when heated, occurring in egg white, milk, blood, and other animal and vegetable tissues and secretions.
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albumen, albumin. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for albumin
  • The exemption to egg allergy must be due to traces of albumin in the vaccine and known severe side-effects.
  • They secrete the blood protein albumin, synthesize urea, and make the enzymes necessary to break down drugs and toxins.
  • albumin, a blood protein, is included to attach polyethylene glycols together.
  • albumin is the protein of highest concentration in the serum.
  • Blood tests with anthrax also show high hematocrit and low albumin and sodium levels.
  • During the perfusion scan, a health care provider injects radioactive albumin into your vein.
  • When there is protein in the urine, it normally consists of mainly albumin.
British Dictionary definitions for albumin


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 albumin

see albumen.

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albumin in Medicine

albumin al·bu·min (āl-byōō'mĭn)
A class of simple, water-soluble proteins that can be coagulated by heat and precipitated by strong acids and are found in egg white, blood serum, milk, and many other animal and plant juices and tissues.

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albumin in Science
A class of proteins found in egg white, milk, blood, and various other plant and animal tissues. Albumins dissolve in water and form solid or semisolid masses when heated, such as cooked egg white.
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