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
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to become or cause to become impregnated with keratin
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The conversion of squamous epithelial cells into a horny material, such as nails.cornification
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