collagenase

noun
col·la·ge·nase | \kə-ˈla-jə-ˌnās, ˈkä-lə-jə-, -ˌnāz \

Definition of collagenase 

: any of a group of proteolytic enzymes that decompose collagen and gelatin

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For example, the sun causes certain genes to product collagenase, an enzyme that degrades collagen in your skin. Dr. Leslie Baumann, miamiherald, "What you need to know about 'hazardous' sunscreen ingredients | Miami Herald," 27 Apr. 2018 Retinoids block the production of collagenase and turn on the genes that make your skin produce collagen. Dr. Leslie Baumann, miamiherald, "What you need to know about 'hazardous' sunscreen ingredients | Miami Herald," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of collagenase

1926, in the meaning defined above

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collage

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colla parte

collapsar

collapse

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collagenase

noun
col·la·ge·nase | \kə-ˈlaj-ə-ˌnās, ˈkäl-ə-jə-, -ˌnāz\

Medical Definition of collagenase 

: any of a group of proteolytic enzymes that decompose collagen and gelatin

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