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A viscous gelatinous protein that forms on the surface of raw-silk fibers.

[Latin sēricus, silken; see serge1 + -in.]


(Biochemistry) a gelatinous protein found on the fibres of raw silk
[C19: from Latin sēricum silk + -in]


(ˈsɛr ə sɪn)

a gelatinous organic compound that holds the two strands of natural silk together.
[1835–45; < Latin sēric(us) silken]
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Zapne's proprietary mask is applied once a week for 15 minutes and also includes nutrient-rich plant extracts including Natural Sericin, Natural Brown Seaweed, and Organic selections of Green Tea, Ginger Root, Chamomile and Aloe Vera.
The degummed silk was washed thoroughly with deionized water for 30 min to remove any remaining sericin and surfactants, and then gently dried in air.
Raw silk cocoons obtained were boiled at 55[degrees]C for one hour until the color of the water turns golden yellow in color, the color change indicates that the sericin gum is dissolved in water [17].
Antioxidant potential of silk protein sericin against hydrogen peroxide-induced oxidative stress in skin fibroblasts.
Sericin hides the brightness and whiteness of the silk as well as causing it to have a hard handle.
6) The removing process of exposed sericin at the surface of silk which is twisted of original yarn.
There is some scientific evidence dating back almost 20 years that may explain the benefits of silk on the skin: Swiss scientists published research in the Cosmetics and Toiletries Journal to show that sericin, the protein in silk, can adhere to the keratin (protein) in skin and hair resulting in a perceptible "homogeneous protective film".
Italian company Santangelica launched an entirely new skin care range based on its sericin complex, which is said to be suitable for all age groups.
These glands also produce another protein, sericin, that glues the two threads together as the silk hardens in the air.
To form the devices, Tufts scientists boiled cocoons of the Bombyx mori silkworm in a water solution and extracted the glue-like sericin proteins.
The silkworm encases its two main silk proteins in a coat of sericin, a gluelike protein that seals the cocoon together, when used as sutures or for other medical applications, this sericin glue can provoke an immune response in people and therefore must be coated over or removed.