su·​ber·​in ˈsü-bə-rən How to pronounce suberin (audio)
: a complex fatty substance found especially in the cell walls of cork

Examples of suberin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even after the plant dies, the thinking goes, the carbon in the suberin should stay buried for centuries. Quanta Magazine, 2 Aug. 2021 That team at the Salk Institute has a really interesting proposal to modify roots to sequester more suberin, a form of carbon that stays in the soil for a long time. Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2019 Roots naturally make suberin, which can last for decades under ground. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 July 2019 Specifically, the products contain an extract of the cork oak called suberin, which the company touts as helping moisturize, stimulate cell renewal and reduce redness. Los Angeles Times, 31 July 2019 Funded with more than $35 million from The Audacious Project, the Harnessing Plants Initiative aims to store carbon in the form of suberin, the main ingredient in cork. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 July 2019

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Word History


French subérine, from Latin suber cork tree, cork

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of suberin was in 1830

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Cite this Entry

“Suberin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

Medical Definition


su·​ber·​in ˈsü-bə-rən How to pronounce suberin (audio)
: a complex fatty substance that is found in the cells of cork

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