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Any of a family of scleroproteins that form the primary constituents of epidermis, hair, nails, and horny tissues.

Included are the cytokeratins of epithelial tissue and the hard keratins of ectodermally derived structures; such as, hair and nails.

Because it is insoluble in gastric juice, keratin is sometimes used to coat pills designed to dissolve in the intestine.

Leather is almost pure keratin.

This entry is located in the following units: cerato-, cerat-, kerato-, kerat-, ker-, kera-, kerat- (page 1) keratin- + (page 1)
(Greek: containing, or derived from keratin, a highly insoluble scleroprotein that is the main constituent of horny tissues, the nails, and the organic matrix of tooth enamel; derived from Greek kera[s], kerat[os], "horn")