chitin

noun chi·tin \ ˈkī-tᵊn \
Updated on: 15 Feb 2018

Definition of chitin

: a horny polysaccharide (C8H13NO5)n that forms part of the hard outer integument especially of insects, arachnids, and crustaceans

chitinous

play \ˈkī-tᵊn-əs, ˈkīt-nəs\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of chitin

French chitine, from Greek chitōn


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chitin

noun chi·tin \ ˈkīt-ᵊn \

medical Definition of chitin

: a horny polysaccharide that forms part of the hard outer integument especially of insects, arachnids, and crustaceans

chitinous

play \ˈkīt-ᵊn-əs, ˈkīt-nəs\ adjective

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