chitin chitin

Definition(s):

  • (n) a tough semitransparent horny substance; the principal component of the exoskeletons of arthropods and the cell walls of certain fungi

Usage(s):

  • But Activated DDT is supposed to penetrate an insect's chitin (outer skin) and reach its nervous system more surely than previous mixtures.

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  • Painless microneedle patch could test for TB

    Researchers test a chitin microneedle patch on human skin. (Credit: Marco Rolandi/UW) Today, one of the standard tests for tuberculosis involves inserting a hypodermic needle into a person's arm using a very precise angle and depth -- thereby requiring a certain level of skill on the part of the tester and chutzpah on the part of the patient. Researchers at the University of Washington hope to ...
    on August 30, 2013     Source: CNET

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