Definition of kinetin in English:



  • [mass noun] A synthetic compound similar to kinin, used to stimulate cell division in plants.

    • ‘Look for creams with retinol (found in over-the-counter vitamin-A products) and kinetin (an anti-aging compound found in the leaves of green plants).’
    • ‘However, it is possible that endogenous CKs play a role in chloroplast acclimation since it was found that kinetin stimulates the development of sun-type chloroplasts.’
    • ‘A more recent wrinkle-fighting discovery, kinetin, is also widely recommended by dermatologists as an alternative to harsh chemicals.’
    • ‘When kinetin was applied to plants during early endosperm development, both endosperm cell number and endosperm/grain weight increased.’
    • ‘Ingredients such as soothing aloe and cucumber de-puff while anti-aging ingredients (including kinetin, an anti-aging substance found in green, leafy plants, and the vitamin A derivative retinol) address fine lines.’


1950s: from Greek kinetos movable (from kinein to move) + -in.