Rennet
Rennet Ren"net, n. [AS. rinnan, rennan, to run, cf. gerinnan to curdle, coagulate. [root]11. See {Run}, v.] 1. The inner, or mucous, membrane of the fourth stomach of the calf, or other young ruminant. [1913 Webster]

2. an infusion or preparation of the calf stomach lining, used for coagulating milk. The active principle in this coagulating action is the enzyme {rennin}. [Written also {runnet}.] [1913 Webster +PJC]

{Cheese rennet}. (Bot.) See under {Cheese}.

{Rennet ferment} (Physiol. Chem.), the enzyme {rennin}, present in rennet and in variable quantity in the gastric juice of most animals, which has the power of curdling milk. The enzyme presumably acts by changing the casein of milk from a soluble to an insoluble form.

{Rennet stomach} (Anat.), the fourth stomach, or abomasum, of ruminants. [1913 Webster +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Rennet — (pronEng|ˈrɛnɪt) is a natural complex of enzymes produced in any mammalian stomach to digest the mother s milk, and often used in the production of cheese. Rennet contains a proteolytic enzyme (protease) that coagulates the milk, causing it to… …   Wikipedia

  • Rennet — Ren net (r?n n?t), n. [F. rainette, reinette, perhaps fr. raine a tree frog, L. rana, because it is spotted like this kind of frog. Cf. {Ranunculus}.] (Bot.) A name of many different kinds of apples. Cf. {Reinette}. Mortimer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rennet — ► NOUN 1) curdled milk from the stomach of an unweaned calf, containing rennin and used in curdling milk for cheese. 2) a preparation containing rennin. ORIGIN probably related to RUN(Cf. ↑runnable) …   English terms dictionary

  • rennet — [ren′it] n. [ME rennen, to cause to coagulate < OE gerennan < ge , together (see CO ) + Gmc * rannjan, to cause to run < base of * rinnan (> RUN) + * jan, caus. suffix] 1. a) the membrane lining the stomach of an unweaned animal, esp …   English World dictionary

  • rennet — {{11}}rennet (1) inner membrane of a calf s stomach, c.1400, probably from an unrecorded O.E. *rynet, related to gerennan cause to run together, because it makes milk run or curdle; from P.Gmc. *rannijanan, causative of *renwanan to run (see RUN… …   Etymology dictionary

  • rennet — /ren it/, n. 1. the lining membrane of the fourth stomach of a calf or of the stomach of certain other young animals. 2. the rennin containing substance from the stomach of the calf. 3. a preparation or extract of the rennet membrane, used to… …   Universalium

  • rennet — SYN: chymosin. * * * ren·net ren ət n 1 a) the contents of the stomach of an unweaned animal and esp. a calf b) the lining membrane of a stomach or one of its compartments (as the fourth of a ruminant) used for curdling milk also a preparation of …   Medical dictionary

  • rennet — [15] Rennet probably goes back to an unrecorded Old English *rynet. This appears to have been derived from the verb run, which was used dialectally into the 20th century for ‘curdle’. The underlying notion is of the solid parts of milk ‘running’… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • rennet — ren•net [[t]ˈrɛn ɪt[/t]] n. 1) zool. the lining membrane of the fourth stomach of a calf or of the stomach of certain other young animals 2) biochem. zool. the rennin containing substance from the stomach of an unweaned animal, esp. a calf 3) coo …   From formal English to slang

  • rennet — I. /ˈrɛnət/ (say renuht) noun 1. the lining membrane of the fourth stomach of a calf, or of the stomach of certain other young animals. 2. Biochemistry the substance from the stomach of the calf which contains rennin. 3. a preparation or extract… …   Australian English dictionary

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