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 formsker·a·tin·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for keratinization




to become or cause to become impregnated with keratin
Derived Formskeratinization or keratinisation, noun
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keratinization in Medicine




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