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keratin

a substance found in the dead outer skin and in horn, hoofs, nails, claws, etc.
Not to be confused with:
carotene – orange fat-soluble pigments found in some plants, such as carrots; vitamin A
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ker·a·tin

 (kĕr′ə-tĭn)
n.
1. Any of a class of filamentous proteins that are abundant in the cytoskeleton of vertebrate epithelial cells and are the main constituents of the outer layer of skin and tough epidermal structures such as hair, nails, hooves, feathers, and claws.
2. Material composed principally of keratin proteins.

[Greek keras, kerāt-, horn; see ker- in Indo-European roots + -in.]

ke·rat′i·nous (kə-răt′n-əs) adj.
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keratin

(ˈkɛrətɪn) or

ceratin

n
(Zoology) a fibrous protein that occurs in the outer layer of the skin and in hair, nails, feathers, hooves, etc
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ker•a•tin

(ˈkɛr ə tɪn)

n.
a tough, insoluble protein that is the main constituent of hair, nails, horn, hoofs, etc., and of the outermost layer of skin.
[1840–50; < Greek kerat-, s. of kéras horn + -in1]
ker`a•tin•i•za′tion, n.
ker′a•tin•ize`, vb
ke•rat•i•nous (kəˈræt n əs) adj.
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ker·a·tin

(kĕr′ə-tĭn)
A tough, fibrous protein that is the main structural component of hair, nails, horns, feathers, and hooves.
Did You Know? Nature ingeniously uses the same chemicals to perform a wide variety of functions in living things. An example is the group of closely related proteins known as the keratins. When nature wants something hard and tough for an animal, it turns to keratins. Your nails and hair are made mostly of a kind of keratin, and so are a dog's claws, a bird's beak, and a goat's horns. Even the hard material called baleen that some whales have in their mouths to help them eat is made of a variety of keratin. All proteins are strings of amino acids, and the keratins' secret is the amino acid known as cysteine. This amino acid tends to form strong bonds with other cysteines in the protein. The different keratins vary in hardness, depending on how many cysteine bonds are present. The bonds are what make the keratins tough as, well, nails.
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keratin

A hard, waterproof protein found in the epidermis, hair, and nails.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.keratin - a fibrous scleroprotein that occurs in the outer layer of the skin and in horny tissues such as hair, feathers, nails, and hooves
feather, plumage, plume - the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds
hair - a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures (as on the human head); helps to prevent heat loss; "he combed his hair"; "each hair consists of layers of dead keratinized cells"
horn - the material (mostly keratin) that covers the horns of ungulates and forms hooves and claws and nails
albuminoid, scleroprotein - a simple protein found in horny and cartilaginous tissues and in the lens of the eye
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Translations

keratin

[ˈkɛrətɪn] ncheratina
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ker·a·tin

n. queratina, proteína orgánica insoluble, elemento componente de las uñas, la piel y el cabello.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

keratin

n queratina
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WiseGuyReports have announced the addition of a new report titled "Global Keratin Market Report 2019 - Market Size, Share, Price, Trend and Forecast".
Keratin NF membranes (NFMs) have demonstrated good adsorption properties for heavy metals ions [15, 16], VOCs [17], and dyes [18].
Any will do.Her lashes lifted elysee, 76 thousand followers, who dubs herself, "The World's BEST and FIRST Keratin Lash Lift", a fair title as she brought the technology into the US.
Keratin plugs, white dots and blue-grey dots along with branching vessels were seen in DLE while there was lack of follicular ostia in PB (Figure 2, 3).
This comes in two variants: Keratin Smooth with Keratin and Oleo Serums to eliminate frizz, and Detox and Nourish with Green Tea and Antioxidant serum to enhance shine.
In the United States, a Mississippi plastic surgeon noticed unusual properties of keratin materials during the course of his surgical practice.
Keratin is a main constituent of skin, and its appendages like nails, hair, wool, feathers, hoofs, horns, beaks, scales of animal, and other epithelial coverings [4, 5].
Keratin treatment contains formaldehyde that when used in high levels can cause certain birth defects.
Currently, physical and chemical treatments are used to increase the digestibility of feather keratin and the processed poultry feathers are used as animal feed stuff, fertilizers, glues, films and as the source of rare amino acids, such as serine, cysteine and proline (Raju and Divakar, 2013).
While other conventionally used substrates such as fibronectin and gelatin are obtained from animal sources and involve cumbersome and expensive extraction procedures, keratin can be easily extracted from human hair using a simple in house procedure, making it a cost effective substitute.
Study on protein materials such as collagen, gelatin, albumin, and silk fibroin and keratin has been increased gradually due to their higher environmental safety than synthetic materials.