Definition of resilin in English:

resilin

Syllabification: res·i·lin
Pronunciation: /ˈrezələn
 
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noun

Biochemistry
  • An elastic material formed of cross-linked protein chains, found in insect cuticles, especially in the hinges and ligaments of wings.
    More example sentences
    • A team of scientists have copied resilin, the elastic protein that facilitates flight and jumping in insects.
    • Resilin is one of the most resilient materials around – it can be stretched three times its original length without breaking – and it owes its bounce-back ability to the special way its molecules are arranged.
    • Resilin is a member of a family of elastic proteins that includes elastin, as well as gluten, gliadin, abductin and spider silks.

Origin

1960s: from Latin resilire 'leap back, recoil' + -in1.

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