keratinize

[ ker-uh-tn-ahyz ]
/ ˈkɛr ə tnˌaɪz /

verb (used with or without object), ker·a·tin·ized, ker·a·tin·iz·ing.

to make or become keratinous.
Also especially British, ker·a·tin·ise.

Origin of keratinize

First recorded in 1895–1900; keratin + -ize

Related forms

ker·a·tin·i·za·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for keratinization

keratinize

keratinise

/ (kɪˈrætɪˌnaɪz, ˈkɛrətɪ-) /

verb

to become or cause to become impregnated with keratin

Derived Forms

keratinization or keratinisation, noun
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Medicine definitions for keratinization

keratinization

[ kĕr′ə-tn-ĭ-zāshən ]

n.

The conversion of squamous epithelial cells into a horny material, such as nails.cornification
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