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Subject: Chitin
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Date: 2018-04-04T22:03:55
Newsgroup: talk.mjd.chitin
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From its name, I expected that chitin was a protein, perhaps analogous to keratin. Nope! it is a polysaccharide, analogous to cellulose. Its name predates systematic nomenclature, and is ultimately from Greek χιτών (/khitōn/, “tunic”) via Latin and French.

Still, I think it should have been ‘chitinose’. Had I been present at the creation…