chitin

noun
chi·​tin | \ ˈkī-tᵊn How to pronounce chitin (audio) \

Definition of chitin

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

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Other Words from chitin

chitinous \ ˈkī-​tᵊn-​əs How to pronounce chitinous (audio) , ˈkīt-​nəs \ adjective

Examples of chitin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Don’t bother fighting with the tails — that bit of crunchy chitin is a bonus. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Harold's Chicken Shack is a Chicago icon. Here's what to try at the first Arizona location," 20 Nov. 2019 Like all insects, this edible water beetle contains significant amounts of fiber due to the chitin from their outer skeleton. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "The food that can feed, and maybe save, the planet: Bugs," 25 Oct. 2019 The researchers found their answer in a mix of cellulose fibers and chitin, a material commonly found in many animal shells. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Future 'Plastic' Could Be Made From Trees and Crab Shells," 1 Aug. 2018 The scales of chitin (a polysaccharide common to insects) are arranged like roof tiles. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "“Rainbow” weevil could hold the secret to generating nature’s colors in the lab," 23 Sep. 2018 Perhaps the biggest hurdle is the chitin, which is tough to produce is large quantities. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Future 'Plastic' Could Be Made From Trees and Crab Shells," 1 Aug. 2018 Adding products containing chitin to the soil can help reduce problems. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Grow Healthy Food By Identifying + Treating These Common Plant Diseases," 21 July 2015 The brilliant white of its scales does not derive from a pigment, but rather from intricate networks of chitin filaments. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Scientists Create a Super-White Coating, with Help from a Super-White Beetle," 15 Mar. 2018 Prices for chitin and chitosan, a refined derivative, range from $10 to $3,000 per pound, depending on quality. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, "Seafood industry seeks new value in fish parts," 15 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of chitin

circa 1839, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chitin

French chitine, from Greek chitōn

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“Chitin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chitin. Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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chitin

noun
chi·​tin | \ ˈkīt-ᵊn How to pronounce chitin (audio) \

Medical Definition of chitin

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

Other Words from chitin

chitinous \ ˈkīt-​ᵊn-​əs, ˈkīt-​nəs How to pronounce chitinous (audio) \ adjective

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