Definition of elastin in English:


Syllabification: e·las·tin
Pronunciation: /iˈlastin


  • An elastic, fibrous glycoprotein found in connective tissue.
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    • 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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