ser·i·cin | \ˈser-ə-sən \

Definition of sericin 

: a gelatinous protein that cements the two fibroin filaments in a silk fiber

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Next, the cocoons are boiled to dissolve the sericin, the gummy substance holding the cocoon together, so the thread can be easily unwound. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "This Is the Wedding Dress Capital of the World," 12 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of sericin

1859, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sericin

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin sericum silk

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