Definitions

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

  • n. A viscous gelatinous protein that forms on the surface of raw-silk fibers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A water-soluble glycoprotein that binds the two fibroin filaments of a silk fibre

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A gelatinous nitrogenous material extracted from crude silk and other similar fiber by boiling water; -- called also silk gelatin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The gelatinous substance of silk; silk-gelatin.

Etymologies

Latin s─ôricus, silken; see serge1 + -in.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The silk is a continuous-filament fiber consisting of fibroin protein, secreted from two salivary glands in the head of each larva, and a gum called sericin, which cements the two filaments together.

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  • Other initiatives for improving vehicle-cabin comfort include the introduction of Fraichir seats featuring fibers coated with sericin, a protein extracted from natural silk that reduces skin irritation, an automatic air conditioner with both a fast-acting pollen-reduction mode and world's first in-car oxygen-level conditioner for maintaining a suitable level of oxygen inside the vehicle cabin.

    January 2008 - Fareastgizmos.com

  • _ -- Silk is secured to remove the sericin or silk-glue and adhering matter from the raw silk, producing thereby lustre on the softened fibre and thus preparing it for the dyer.

    The Handbook of Soap Manufacture

  • The soap is often used in conjunction with carbonate of soda to assist the removal of the sericin, but, whilst carbonates are permissible, it is necessary to avoid an excess of caustic soda.

    The Handbook of Soap Manufacture

  • Natural silk contains the glycoprotein sericin, which causes an immune response when used in medical sutures.

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  • The sericin is removed by placing the cocoons in hot water, which frees the silk filaments and readies them for reeling.

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  • In two months, AONTL will begin selling briefs and socks treated with neem, tulsi and sericin.

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  • The scientists also experimented with droplets of tulsi, flecks of silver, and tiny particles of gummy sericin, a silk protein.

    Hindustan Times News Feeds 'Views'

  • When they are ready, they begin cocooning and extrude a semi-liquid mixture of protein and a sticky substance known as sericin.

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  • This helps dissolve sericin, a gluey glycoprotein that holds the cocoons together but causes immune reactions in humans.

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  • Silk protein used in shampoos etc.

    June 2, 2009