keratinize

verb
ke·​ra·​ti·​nize
variants: or British keratinise \ ˈker-​ət-​ə-​ˌnīz How to pronounce keratinize (audio) , kə-​ˈrat-​ᵊn-​ˌīz How to pronounce keratinize (audio) \
keratinized or British keratinised; keratinizing or British keratinising

Medical Definition of keratinize

transitive verb

: to make keratinous tissues keratinized by friction

intransitive verb

: to become keratinous or converted into keratin a keratinizing scar

Learn More about keratinize

Cite this Entry

“Keratinize.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/keratinize. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

Comments on keratinize

What made you want to look up keratinize? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!