zein

[zee-in]
noun
1.
Biochemistry. a soft, yellow powder of simple proteins obtained from corn, used chiefly in the manufacture of textile fibers, plastics, and paper coatings.
2.
a synthetic fiber produced from this protein.

Origin:
1815–25; < Neo-Latin Ze(a) the maize genus (Latin: emmer < Greek zeiá barley, wheat; cognate with Sanskrit yáva grain) + -in2

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zein (ˈziːɪn)
 
n
a protein of the prolamine group occurring in maize and used in the manufacture of plastics, paper coatings, adhesives, etc
 
[C19: from New Latin zēa maize, from Latin: a kind of grain, from Greek zeia barley]

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They used a commercially available zein in that study.
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