col·​la·​gen | \ ˈkä-lə-jən How to pronounce collagen (audio) \

Definition of collagen

: 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

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collagenous \ kə-​ˈla-​jə-​nəs How to pronounce collagenous (audio) \ adjective

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Recipes run the gamut and might include Jen Garner’s Chocolate Blueberry #fab4smoothie, with collagen, almond butter, spinach, flax and other nutritious ingredients. Kathryn Romeyn, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jennifer Garner's Trainer Launched a Wellness App that Uses Artificial Intelligence," 9 Apr. 2018 The product's moisturizing magic comes courtesy of two ingredients, according to the company: an extract from a South American plant called imperata cylindric and hyaluron, a key component in natural collagen production. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Reportedly Swears by a $64 Natural Anti-Wrinkle Gel Called Biotulin," 2 Feb. 2019 Both work well on their own but when used in tandem the LED activates photodynamic ingredients like collagen-boosting Tara tree and DNA-repairing blue-green algae, turbocharging their performance. Evelyn Crowley, Vogue, "The 6 Biggest Skincare Breakthroughs of 2018," 19 Dec. 2018 But Bonsall says bone collagen is relatively resistant to postmortem alteration. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 Star players include collagen-boosting raspberry seed oil, moisturizing castor seed oil, and antioxidant-heavy camellia japonica seed oil. Sophie Wirt, Allure, "Exclusive: Wander Beauty Launches Glow Ahead, Its First-Ever Facial Oil," 17 July 2018 There are nearly 300 collagen-containing snacks now available, and sales reached more than $60 million in the past year. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Here’s why people are eating an ingredient in face creams—and why they shouldn’t," 15 May 2018 Choose a cream with amino acids, which trigger collagen production. Melissa Matthews, Woman's Day, "The Foolproof Anti-Aging Skin Routine," 24 Aug. 2015 Buzz: TempSure is the latest device that emits radio frequency waves deep into your dermis to tighten and lift skin by stimulating collagen production. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "17 Over-the-Top Beauty Treatments to Try Before Your Wedding Day," 13 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of collagen

circa 1865, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for collagen

Greek kolla + International Scientific Vocabulary -gen

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The first known use of collagen was circa 1865

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English Language Learners 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


col·​la·​gen | \ ˈkäl-ə-jən How to pronounce collagen (audio) \

Medical Definition of collagen

: 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

Other Words from collagen

collagenic \ ˌkäl-​ə-​ˈjen-​ik How to pronounce collagenic (audio) \ adjective
collagenous \ kə-​ˈlaj-​ə-​nəs How to pronounce collagenous (audio) \ adjective

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