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

Other Words from collagen

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

Examples of collagen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Used for boosting collagen production, rice is great for softening the skin and promoting a supple and youthful appearance. The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 May 2022 When the skin is damaged, fibroblasts physically migrate into the wound to kick-start collagen production and initiate the repair process. Monique Brouillette, Popular Mechanics, 6 May 2022 This daily supplement will add a boost of vitamin C to her drinks while also supporting her body's collagen production. Dale Arden Chong, Men's Health, 3 May 2022 Promote healthy skin: In addition to being an excellent source of vitamin C which supports collagen synthesis and skin health, prior research found that sulforaphane reduced skin redness and inflammation caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Cdn, Nasm-cpt, Good Housekeeping, 10 Aug. 2021 Formulated to improve the skin’s natural defense against free radicals, stimulate collagen synthesis and gives you a natural looking glow. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 5 July 2021 Researchers will analyze each tissue sample using genetic sequencing to find biomarkers or genes for collagen and elastin that indicate damage and skin repair. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Mar. 2022 Kale is also a good source of vitamins A, C, E, and K, and has been shown to increase collagen and elastin levels in the skin. Kelsey Ogletree, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Feb. 2022 These habits can lead to a loss of collagen and elastin, thus making sagging skin and wrinkles more likely. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, 2 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Collagen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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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 collagen (audio) \ adjective
collagenous \ kə-​ˈlaj-​ə-​nəs How to pronounce collagen (audio) \ adjective

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