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keratinize

Line breaks: kera¦tin|ize
Pronunciation: /ˈkɛrətɪnʌɪz
 
, kəˈrat-/
(also keratinise)

Definition of keratinize in English:

verb

Biology
Change or become changed into a form containing keratin: [with object]: the products of the epidermal line are ultimately keratinized [no object]: the cells keratinize under oestrogenic action
More example sentences
  • Tumors that arise distally below the dentate line are typically keratinizing squamous cell cancers.
  • Earliest changes in the hair follicle occur when the follicular canal becomes blocked with abnormally keratinized desquamating cells.
  • The stratum corneum, the top layer, is composed of dead keratinized cells.

Origin

late 19th century: from Greek keratinos 'horny' + -ize.

Derivatives

keratinization

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • Occasionally, the reactive keratinocytes may show individual keratinization and nonatypical mitosis.
  • Two of the subjects had keratinization of the palms, and one had keratinization of the feet.
  • Neoplastic cells may be oval, polyhedral, spindle-shaped, or giant, although in an undifferentiated carcinoma they present as small cells without keratinization.

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