noun Biochemistry.
any of the class of water-insoluble pectic substances that are found in the rind of citrus fruits or in apple peels and that are hydrolyzed to pectin or pectic acid.
Also called pectinogen, pectose.

1905–10; proto- + pectin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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