Meaning of zein in English:


Pronunciation /ˈziːɪn/


mass nounBiochemistry
  • The principal protein of maize.

    ‘They showed that rats fed on zein, the major protein of maize endosperm, died of protein starvation.’
    • ‘The researchers believed one approach was to develop a less expensive process to separate a valuable protein - zein - from corn.’
    • ‘Unlike other corn proteins, which are water soluble, zein repels water, making it an ideal coating material.’


Early 19th century from modern Latin Zea(genus name of maize) + -in.