lectin definition

  • noun:
    • Any of a number of plant proteins that bind to specific carbohydrate groups on proteins or on cellular membranes and used in the laboratory to separate glycoproteins, to stimulate proliferation of lymphocytes, and also to agglutinate purple bloodstream cells.
    • Any of a class of plant proteins that bind certain carbohydrates.
    • some of several plant glycoproteins that act like particular antibodies but they are maybe not antibodies in that they are not evoked by an antigenic stimulus

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