[ ker-uh-tin ]
/ ˈkɛr ə tɪn /
a scleroprotein or albuminoid substance, found in the dead outer skin layer, and in horn, hair, feathers, hoofs, nails, claws, bills, etc.
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Examples from the Web for keratin
Rhino horns are made of keratin, the same protein found in our fingernails.‘Zoobiquity’: What Animals Can Teach Us About Our Health|Carl Zimmer|June 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Keratin, a substance forming the chief constituent in the hair, nails, and horn of animals.The Nuttall Encyclopaedia|Edited by Rev. James Wood
Keratin is particularly rich in sulphur, and is quite insoluble in cold water.Principles and Practice of Fur Dressing and Fur Dyeing|William E. Austin
British Dictionary definitions for keratin
/ (ˈkɛrətɪn) /
a fibrous protein that occurs in the outer layer of the skin and in hair, nails, feathers, hooves, etc
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Word Origin and History for keratin
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Medicine definitions for keratin
[ kĕr′ə-tĭn ]
Any of a group of scleroproteins or albuminoids that contain large amounts of sulfur and are the chief structural constituents of hair, nails, and other horny tissues.
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Science definitions for keratin
[ kĕr′ə-tĭn ]
Any of a class of tough, fibrous proteins that are the main structural component of hair, nails, horns, feathers, and hooves. Keratins are rich in sulfur-containing amino acids, especially cysteine. Individual keratin molecules are entwined helically around each other in long filaments, which are cross-linked by bonds between sulfur atoms on different chains. The twining and cross-linking produce strength and toughness.
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