Definition of phytin in US English:

phytin

(also phytine)

noun

Biochemistry
  • An insoluble salt of phytic acid with calcium and magnesium, found in plant tissues, especially cereals. Also more generally: the acid itself. Also (Phytin, †Phytine): a pharmaceutical preparation containing this substance, formerly used as a tonic.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in The British Medical Journal. From ancient Greek ϕυτόν plant + -in, after German Phytin.

Pronunciation

phytin

/ˈfʌɪtɪn/