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elastin Line breaks: elas|tin
Pronunciation: /ɪˈlastɪn/

Definition of elastin in English:


[mass noun] Biochemistry
An elastic, fibrous glycoprotein found in connective tissue.
Example sentences
  • Molecular chromophores besides melanin abound in the skin and include keratin, collagen, elastin, proteins, lipids, steroids and urocanic acid to name a few.
  • The proteins (collagen and elastin fibrils) are the base of the interstitial matrix.
  • Protein is crucial for the production of collagen and elastin, the protein fibres that keep skin supple and elastic


Late 19th century: from elastic + -in1.

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