[ kyoo-tin ]
/ ˈkyu tɪn /


a transparent, waxy substance constituting, together with cellulose, the cuticle of plants.

Origin of cutin

1860–65; < Latin cut(is) skin, cutis + -in2

Definition for cutin (2 of 2)


[ kuht-in ]
/ ˈkʌtˌɪn /


Movies. a still, as of a scene or an object, inserted in a film and interrupting the action or continuity: We will insert a cut-in of the letter as she reads it.
Radio and Television. a commercial or other announcement inserted by a local station into a network broadcast.
the act of cutting in, as on a dancing couple.

Origin of cut-in

First recorded in 1880–85; noun use of verb phrase cut in Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cutin


/ (ˈkjuːtɪn) /


a waxy waterproof substance, consisting of derivatives of fatty acids, that is the main constituent of the plant cuticle

Word Origin for cutin

C19: from Latin cutis skin + -in
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Science definitions for cutin


[ kyōōtn ]

A waxlike, water-repellent polyester consisting of fatty acids and aromatic compounds that occurs naturally in the walls of many plant cells. Cutin acts together with wax to form the cuticle, a barrier protecting the aboveground surfaces of plants from water loss and microbial attack.
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