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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And research in rats has found that centella asiatica can help speed up the wound healing process, particularly the phase in which collagen is needed to close up the wound. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "What Can Centella Asiatica Really Do for Red, Dry, Sensitive Skin?," 31 May 2019 The most abundant protein in the human body, collagen, is found within the ECM and is essentially the building blocks of the body's connective tissues. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "New Bio Glue Stops Post-Traumatic Bleeding in Its Tracks," 14 May 2019 Suggested serving: While the body has the ability to process up to 30 grams of protein every few hours, Dr. Bowe suggests tossing one tablespoon of a collagen powder into a smoothie, coffee, or soup. Amy Capetta, Woman's Day, "5 Anti-Aging Supplements That May Actually Work," 16 Oct. 2018 If fine lines and wrinkles are your focus, ginseng can help boost the circulation of your skin's smallest blood vessels, in turn ramping up the synthesis of collagen. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why You’re Seeing Ginseng in So Many Korean Skin-Care Products Right Now," 8 Mar. 2019 Some other potential aesthetic effects: smoother, healthier skin thanks to that influx of healing collagen. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "What Exactly Is Facial Acupuncture — And Why You Should Try It," 6 Feb. 2019 With hypertrophic scars, the reduction of collagen is key. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Get Rid of Acne Scars—Forever," 21 Jan. 2019 According to Friedler, the only way to do that is to traumatize the collagen with laser treatments, acid peels or retinoids. Elizabeth Kiefer, The Seattle Times, "Jade rollers: Puffy-eye wonder cure or sham?," 26 Mar. 2019 Now) CBD Hydrating Lip Balm Already boasting a five-star rating on Ulta's site, this lip balm promises to repair not only the top layer of skin on the lips but also the collagen under the surface. Marci Robin, Allure, "Ulta Welcomes Cannuka, Its First-Ever CBD Skin-Care Brand," 17 Mar. 2019

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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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