cerato-, cerat-, kerato-, kerat-, ker-, kera-, kerat-
(Greek: horn, horny tissue; cornea)
2. An intradermal cavernous hemangioma covered by a wartlike thickening of the horny layer of the epidermis. Also called telangiectatic wart.
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.