Definition of zein in English:

zein

noun

Biochemistry
  • [mass noun] The principal protein of maize.

    • ‘Unlike other corn proteins, which are water soluble, zein repels water, making it an ideal coating material.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

zein

/ˈziːɪn/