chon·​droi·​tin | \ kän-ˈdrȯi-tᵊn How to pronounce chondroitin (audio) , -ˈdrō-ə-tən \
variants: or chondroitin sulfate

Definition of chondroitin

: any of several glycosaminoglycans that occur in sulfated form in various tissues (such as cartilage and tendons) and are used in dietary supplements in a natural or synthetic form especially to treat the symptoms of osteoarthritis

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Recent Examples on the Web Nutritionists advise that when choosing a joint supplement for your dog, look for several key ingredients proven to help joint health, including glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, turmeric, and calcium carbonate. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Supplements to Keep Your Dog Healthy," 24 Apr. 2020 But research by Varki and colleagues demonstrated that its remnant, the unusual form of chondroitin sulfate called Gc-CS, proved remarkably durable. Bradley J. Fikes,, "Fossil molecule may help identify human ancestors," 11 Sep. 2017 Among American adults, probiotics ranked as the third most commonly used dietary supplement behind fish oil, and glucosamine and chondroitin, according to a 2015 National Health Statistics Report. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Health effects of probiotics: Where do we stand?," 13 July 2017 Nutritional supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin may help as well. Kim Campbell Thornton,, "Puzzle toys enhance play and put pets’ brains in gear," 26 May 2017 After reviewing the scientific evidence and talking with his physician, Thomas took glucosamine and chondroitin. Bradley J. Fikes,, "71% of Americans take dietary supplements, but do we need to?," 5 May 2017 Some people use supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin (often together) or fish oil for joint pain. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "When arthritis meds don’t work, there are alternatives. But avoid some," 29 Apr. 2017 Spanish researchers randomized 164 men and women with knee osteoarthritis to take a single daily dose of 1,500 milligrams of glucosamine and 1,200 of chondroitin, or an identical looking placebo. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Placebo Beats Supplements for Arthritis Pain," 26 Jan. 2017 So far, studies have shown that glucosamine and chondroitin are no more effective than a placebo. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "When arthritis meds don’t work, there are alternatives. But avoid some," 29 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of chondroitin

1895, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chondroitin

borrowed from German Chondroïtin, from Chondroitsäure "chondroitic acid (an acid found in cartilage)" (from chondro- chondro- + -it -ite entry 1) + -in -in entry 1

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The first known use of chondroitin was in 1895

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16 May 2020

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“Chondroitin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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chon·​droi·​tin | \ kän-ˈdrȯit-ᵊn, -ˈdrō-ət-ən How to pronounce chondroitin (audio) \

Medical Definition of chondroitin

: any of several glycosaminoglycans occurring in sulfated form in various tissues (as cartilage and tendons)

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