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chitin (ˈkaɪtɪn Pronunciation for chitin

Definitions

noun

  1. a polysaccharide that is the principal component of the exoskeletons of arthropods and of the bodies of fungi

Derived Forms

ˈchitinous adjective
ˈchitinˌoid adjective

Word Origin

C19: from French chitine, from Greek khitōn chiton + -in

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