elas·​tin | \ i-ˈla-stən How to pronounce elastin (audio) \

Definition of elastin

: a protein that is similar to collagen and is the chief constituent of elastic fibers

Examples of elastin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Resveratrol, a natural ingredient found in grapevines, gently smoothes out wrinkles and boosts elastin and collagen around the eyes for a more energized, vibrant appearance. Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, "13 Hydrating Eye Creams to Get Your Skin Through Quarantine," 26 Apr. 2020 ELASTIN Stretchy structural proteins that allow skin to snap back into place, elastin is particularly vulnerable to sun damage. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 Ultraviolet rays, which can break down skin’s stretchy layers of elastin fibers. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "7 Things You Can and Can’t Do About Saggy Breasts," 20 Mar. 2018 Peptides are short chains of amino acids that mimic skin functions like the production of collagen and elastin. Maya Mcdowell, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Peptides May Be the Secret to Brighter and Tighter-Looking Skin," 24 Feb. 2020 While on the pricier side, this skin tightening machine uses the latest bipolar radio frequency technology, which the brand says stimulates collagen and elastin production. Popular Science, "Delightful devices for at-home facials," 6 Feb. 2020 And those free radicals break down collagen and elastin, which is why countering them with antioxidants can go a long way. Deanna Pai, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Skincare Products That Protect Against Pollution," 4 Oct. 2019 Amber light, for example, helps stimulate collagen and firm skin’s elastin. Vogue, "Are LED Masks Dangerous? Dermatologists Weigh in on Instagram’s Favorite Face Mask," 1 Aug. 2019 Vitamin A: 18% of the RDI – contains retinols and retinoids that promote skin collagen and elastin, and also minimizes the appearance of pores. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Are Those Watermelon Infused Skincare Products Worth Your Coins?," 5 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of elastin

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for elastin

International Scientific Vocabulary, from New Latin elasticus

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“Elastin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elastin. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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elas·​tin | \ i-ˈlas-tən How to pronounce elastin (audio) \

Medical Definition of elastin

: a protein that is similar to collagen and is the chief constituent of elastic fibers

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