Definition of melittin in US English:

melittin

noun

Biochemistry
  • A peptide, containing 26 amino acids, which is present in bee venom and has been used experimentally as an antibacterial agent, especially against penicillin-resistant bacteria.

Origin

1960s. From German Melittin from ancient Greek (Attic) μέλιττα bee + German -in.

Pronunciation

melittin

/mɛˈlɪtɪn/