su·​ber·​in | \ ˈsü-bə-rən How to pronounce suberin (audio) \

Definition of suberin

: a complex fatty substance found especially in the cell walls of cork

Examples of suberin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "‘We really need to wake up quickly’: Al Gore warns of a looming food crisis caused by climate change," 22 Oct. 2019 Roots naturally make suberin, which can last for decades under ground. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Salk Institute scientists get to the root of plant growth," 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, "Birkenstock picks Venice as the home of its second U.S. store," 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, "Salk Institute scientists get to the root of plant growth," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of suberin

1830, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for suberin

French subérine, from Latin suber cork tree, cork

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“Suberin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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su·​ber·​in | \ ˈsü-bə-rən How to pronounce suberin (audio) \

Medical Definition of suberin

: a complex fatty substance that is found in the cells of cork

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