a phosphoprotein, the principal protein of milk, that is the basis of curd and of cheese. Casein, usually in the form of one of its salts, is added to the other ingredients of the diet to increase its protein content. note: In British nomenclature casein is called caseinogen, and paracasein is called casein.
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ca·sein (cā'sē-in, kā'sēn),
The principal protein of cow's milk and the chief constituent of cheese. It is insoluble in water, soluble in dilute alkaline and salt solutions, forms a hard insoluble plastic with formaldehyde, and is used as a constituent of some glues; various components are designated α-, β-, and κ-caseins. β-Casein is converted to γ-casein by milk proteases. There are several isoforms of α-casein. κ-Casein is not precipitated by calcium ions.
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casein (kā′sēn′, -sē-ĭn)
A protein that is the major protein in the milk of most mammals. It is the basis of cheese and is used in food products and in certain adhesives and paints.
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The principal protein of cow's milk and the chief constituent of cheese.
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casein A protein derived from CASEINOGEN in milk by the action of renin in the stomach.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
casein a milk protein precipitated out of milk in acid conditions or by the action of RENNIN. It is the principal protein in cheese.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
Patient discussion about casein
Q. Is it true that Casein protein can cause Cancer, or is harmful to the human body? Someone left a comment on my blog about Casein protein being bad for the body and that it could lead to Cancer. Is this true?
A. I am not familiar with such information, Casein is a protein that is found in large amounts in breastmilk and milk products replacements for babies and as far as I know it has no such affect.
Q. I keep on hearing about "gluten" and "casein". What are those? When I was researching about autism in the net, I keep on hearing about "gluten" and "casein". What are those?
A. These are protein fractions in wheat and milk. Research suggests they are not digested normally in most persons with autism but are incompletely broken down into absorbable molecules. Many people with autism show some improvement when these two dietary proteins are omitted. More discussions about casein
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