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A waxlike, water-repellent material present in the walls of some plant cells and forming the cuticle, which covers the epidermis.

[Latin cutis, skin; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots + -in.]


(Botany) a waxy waterproof substance, consisting of derivatives of fatty acids, that is the main constituent of plant cuticle
[C19: from Latin cutis skin + -in]


1. the act of cutting in, as on a dancing couple.
2. something inserted into another thing.


(ˈkyu tɪn)

a transparent waxy substance constituting, together with cellulose, the cuticle of plants.
[1860–65; < Latin cut(is) skin, cutis + -in1]
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Noun1.cutin - (biochemistry) a waxy transparent material that occurs in the cuticle of plants and consists of highly polymerized esters of fatty acids
biochemistry - the organic chemistry of compounds and processes occurring in organisms; the effort to understand biology within the context of chemistry
plant material, plant substance - material derived from plants
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Peaks in the range 10-48 ppm are assigned to alkyl C, including side chains in amino acids, and structures derived from cutins and suberins.
A high ratio of alkyl C to O-alkyl C suggests low amounts of carbohydrates relative to waxes and cutins, which could in turn lead to slower mineralisation.
Resistance of a cell wall to concentrated sulfuric acid digestion is characteristic of walls containing cutin, suberin, or lignin (Wilson and Peterson, 1983).