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fibroin

[fahy-broh-in]
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noun Biochemistry.
  1. an indigestible protein that is a principal component of spider webs and silk.

Origin of fibroin

1860–65; < French fibroïne; see fibro-, -in2
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  • Fibroin: a chemical compound found in silk, cobwebs and the like.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith


British Dictionary definitions for fibroin

fibroin

noun
  1. a tough elastic protein that is the principal component of spiders' webs and raw silk
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