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cutin A polymer of long-chain fatty acids that forms the main constituent of the cuticle of epidermal plant cells. The cutin polymers are cross-linked forming a network, which is embedded in a matrix of waxes. The deposition of cutin (cutinization) reduces water loss by the plant and helps prevent the entry of pathogens. See also suberin.

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cutin

cutin A complex biopolymer comprising a mixture of fatty-acid derivatives with water-proofing qualities found in the cuticle of plants.

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cutin

cutin The complex mixture of fatty-acid derivatives with waterproofing qualities of which the cuticle of plants is composed.

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