keratinize

[ker-uh-tn-ahyz]

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

to make or become keratinous.

Nearby words

  1. keratic,
  2. keratin,
  3. keratin pearl,
  4. keratinase,
  5. keratinization,
  6. keratinocyte,
  7. keratinosome,
  8. keratinous,
  9. keratinous cyst,
  10. keratitis

Also especially British, ker·a·tin·ise.

Origin of keratinize

First recorded in 1895–1900; keratin + -ize

Related formsker·a·tin·i·za·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for keratinization

keratinize

keratinise

verb

to become or cause to become impregnated with keratin
Derived Formskeratinization 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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