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Meaning of zein

ze•in

Pronunciation: (zē'in), [key]
— n.
  1. 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.
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