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chi·tin

 (kīt′n)
n.
A nitrogen-containing polysaccharide that is a tough, protective, semitransparent substance and is the principal component of arthropod exoskeletons and the cell walls of certain fungi.

[French chitine : New Latin chitōn, mollusk (from Greek khitōn, chiton; see chiton) + -ine.]

chi′tin·ous adj.

chitin

(ˈkaɪtɪn)
n
(Biochemistry) a polysaccharide that is the principal component of the exoskeletons of arthropods and of the bodies of fungi
[C19: from French chitine, from Greek khitōn chiton + -in]
ˈchitinous adj
ˈchitinˌoid adj

chi•tin

(ˈkaɪ tɪn)

n.
a nitrogen-containing polysaccharide, related chemically to cellulose, that forms a semitransparent horny substance and is a principal constituent of the exoskeleton, or outer covering, of insects, crustaceans, and arachnids.
[1830–40; < French chitine < Greek chit(ṓn) tunic, chiton]
chi′tin•ous, adj.
chi′tin•oid`, adj.

chi·tin

(kīt′n)
A tough, semitransparent substance that is the main component of the exoskeletons of arthropods, such as the shells of crustaceans and the outer coverings of insects. Chitin is a carbohydrate and is also found in the cell walls of certain fungi and algae.
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Noun1.chitin - a tough semitransparent horny substance; the principal component of the exoskeletons of arthropods and the cell walls of certain fungi
glucosamine - an amino derivative of glucose that is a component of many polysaccharides
polyose, polysaccharide - any of a class of carbohydrates whose molecules contain chains of monosaccharide molecules