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chitinous (ˈkaɪtɪnəs) 



  1. (biochemistry) of or relating to chitin

chitin (ˈkaɪtɪn Pronunciation for chitin



  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 khitōnchiton + -in

Example Sentences Including 'chitinous'

By contrast, an armorial lustre slid along the chitinous combs of the insect's legs.
Aldiss, Brian Somewhere East of Life
They hatch from the egg as tiny nymphs, then when they outgrow their chitinous exoskeleton they moult.
New Scientist (2004)


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