Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A protein similar to collagen that is the principal structural component of elastic fibers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A protein, similar to collagen, found in connective tissue, that has elastic properties.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A nitrogenous substance, somewhat resembling albumin, which forms the chemical basis of elastic tissue. It is very insoluble in most fluids, but is gradually dissolved when digested with either pepsin or trypsin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In chem., a body closely resembling albumen, except that it is free from sulphur, forming the principal substance of the elastic fiber which is the characteristic constituent of certain tissues.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a fibrous scleroprotein found in elastic tissues such as the walls of arteries

Etymologies

elast(ic) + -in.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • My thesis involved the amino acid analysis of the protein elastin, which was then thought to play a role in coronary artery disease and I completed the requirements for my degree at Columbia late in 1937 and went directly to the laboratory of Max Bergmann at the Rockefeller Institute.

    William H. Stein - Autobiography

  • Some are made of really tough stuff called elastin.

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  • Study author and plastic surgeon Brian Rinker explained that the smoking connection was logical because "smoking breaks down a protein in the skin called elastin, which gives youthful skin its elastic appearance and supports the breast."

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  • The dermis contains blood vessels that nourish the skin, and proteins called elastin and collagen that keep it taut.

    The New Science of Cosmetics

  • One, a protein called elastin for its stretchiness, is the main component of blood vessel walls and ligaments, and is especially tough; its cross-links cannot be broken by the heat of cooking.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • The researchers attached this 'contrast agent' to a molecule that binds to the protein elastin, which is found in artery walls.

    dailyindia.com News Feed

  • They found that certain dendritic cells in the lung - the cells that "present" a foreign antigen or protein to the immune system - provoke production of destructive T-cells that attack a key protein called elastin, leading to death of lung tissue and emphysema.

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  • What sparks that smoldering destruction remained a mystery until a consortium of researchers led by Baylor College of Medicine found that certain dendritic cells in the lung - the cells that "present" a foreign antigen or protein to the immune system - provoke production of destructive T-cells that attack a key protein called elastin, leading to death of lung tissue and emphysema.

    PhysOrg.com - latest science and technology news stories

  • "present" a foreign antigen or protein to the immune system - provoke production of destructive T-cells that attack a key protein called elastin, leading to death of lung tissue and emphysema.

    Health News from Medical News Today

  • Moreover, many other silk-like biomaterials such as elastin, collagen, byssus, resilin, and other repetitive proteins have similar features to spider silk protein.

    EurekAlert! - Breaking News

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