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 Promotes firmness: Vitamin C boosts elastin and collagen production in the skin. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 26 Aug. 2021 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, 26 Apr. 2020 ELASTIN Stretchy structural proteins that allow skin to snap back into place, elastin is particularly vulnerable to sun damage. Allure, 17 Aug. 2018 Ultraviolet rays, which can break down skin’s stretchy layers of elastin fibers. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, 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, 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, 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, 4 Oct. 2019 Amber light, for example, helps stimulate collagen and firm skin’s elastin. Vogue, 1 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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The first known use of elastin was in 1875

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“Elastin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elastin. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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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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