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An enzyme in the pith (albedo) of citrus fruits which removes the methoxyl groups from pectin to form water-insoluble pectic acid. The intermediate compounds, with varying numbers of methoxyl groups, are pectinic acids. Also known as pectin esterase, pectin methyl esterase, and pectin methoxylase; distinct from pectinase.

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