sclerotin

sclerotin

[skleer-uh-tin, skler-]
noun Biochemistry.
an insoluble protein that serves to stiffen the chitin of the cuticle of arthropods.

Origin:
1935–40; < Greek sklērṓt(ēs) hardness + -in2

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sclerotin (ˈsklɛrəʊtɪn)
 
n
a protein in the cuticle of insects that becomes hard and dark

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