noun. any of several plant glycoproteins that act like specific antibodies but are not antibodies in that they are not evoked by an antigenic stimulus.
Example sentences of the word lectin
1. Noun, singular or mass
They are very high in lectin, which can cause toxicity if only a few raw beans are eaten, or if they are undercooked, which can occur in some crock pots when dried beans are used.
2. Preposition or subordinating conjunction
Like all legumes, raw lentils contain lectin that can cause gas and diarrhea when consumed in large quantities.
3. Verb, base form
This occurs due to lectin's prevention of the repair of gastrointestinal cells that are damaged when eating.
If you cut legumes out altogether as part of your lectin avoidance diet, it’s important to make up for their nutrients with other foods.