- a transparent, waxy substance constituting, together with cellulose, the cuticle of plants.
Origin of cutin
- 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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for cutin
Due to the presence of cutin in the cell walls, epidermis is last to be digested.
- a waxy waterproof substance, consisting of derivatives of fatty acids, that is the main constituent of the plant cuticle
C19: from Latin cutis skin + -in
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
- 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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.