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collagen

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noun col·la·gen \ˈkä-lə-jən\

Simple Definition of collagen

  • : a substance that occurs naturally in the bodies of people and animals and is often put into creams and other products that are sold to make a person's skin smoother and less wrinkled

Full Definition of collagen

  1. :  any of a group of fibrous proteins that occur in vertebrates as the chief constituent of connective tissue fibrils and in bones and yield gelatin and glue upon boiling with water

col·lag·e·nous play \kə-ˈla-jə-nəs\ adjective

Origin of collagen

Greek kolla + International Scientific Vocabulary -gen


First Known Use: circa 1865


Medical Dictionary

collagen

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noun col·la·gen \ˈkäl-ə-jən\

Medical Definition of collagen

  1. :  an insoluble fibrous protein of vertebrates that is the chief constituent of the fibrils of connective tissue (as in skin and tendons) and of the organic substance of bones and yields gelatin and glue on prolonged heating with water

  2. col·la·gen·ic \ˌkäl-ə-ˈjen-ik\play adjective
    col·lag·e·nous \kə-ˈlaj-ə-nəs\play adjective





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