collagen

noun col·la·gen \ ˈkä-lə-jən \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

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

collagenous

play \kə-ˈla-jə-nəs\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of collagen

Greek kolla + International Scientific Vocabulary -gen


COLLAGEN Defined for English Language Learners

collagen

noun

Definition of collagen for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Medical Dictionary

collagen

noun col·la·gen \ ˈkäl-ə-jən \

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

collagenic

play \ˌkäl-ə-ˈjen-ik\ adjective

collagenous

play \kə-ˈlaj-ə-nəs\ adjective


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